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DA case: Karnataka seeks review of SC verdict abating charges against Jayalalithaa

LiveMint logoLiveMint 21-03-2017 Apurva Vishwanath

New Delhi: The Karnataka government moved the Supreme Court on Tuesday seeking a review of the court’s verdict abating charges against late Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa in a disproportionate assets case against her.

The apex court on 14 February convicted Sasikala Natarajan, general secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) , and two others and awarded a four-year prison sentence but abated charges against Jayalalithaa in view of her death.

“For meeting the ends of justice the verdict in so far as Jayalalithaa is concerned, must be reviewed,” the petition said, a copy of which Mint has seen.

The apex court’s verdict by a bench comprising justices Amitava Roy and P.C. Ghose came in an appeal filed by the Karnataka government against the state’s 2015 high court ruling acquitting Jayalalithaa, Sasikala and two others.

A special court in Bengaluru had on 27 September 2014 convicted Jayalalithaa, Sasikala, V.N. Sudhakaran (Sasikala’s nephew) and J. Elavarasi (wife of late Jayaraman, Sasikala’s brother) for amassing wealth disproportionate to their income based on a complaint filed originally by Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy in 1996.

The Karnataka high court on 11 May 2015 overruled the conviction, citing an error in computing the disproportionate assets and said they did not exceed the 10% of the stated income limit which merits conviction.

The Karnataka government then moved the apex court challenging the high court verdict. The apex court held daily hearings in the case for over three months before reserving verdict in the case in June 2016.

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