The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on Monday said it has decided to file an appeal against >Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s acquittal in a wealth case by the Karnataka High Court.
“With Supreme Court having said twice that DMK has the right to participate in this case, I firmly say that the party also will file an appeal in the disproportionate assets case against Jayalalithaa in the Supreme Court,” DMK president M Karunanidhi said in a statement here.
The DMK has been pressing the Karnataka Government to file an appeal against the May 11 verdict of the High Court acquitting Ms. Jayalalithaa and three others in the disproportionate wealth case, which paved the way for her return as Chief Minister.
Mr. Karunanidhi’s statement on Monday came after he chaired a meeting of the party’s district secretaries where the matter was discussed.
Mr. Karunanidhi said the Special Public Prosecutor in the case, B V Acharya, and Karnataka Advocate General Ravi Varma Kumar had recommended to that government to file an appeal against Ms. Jayalalithaa’s acquittal.
“We firmly believe that Karnataka government will accept their recommendations and file the appeal,” he said.
The original complainant in the case, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, had also said he would move the apex court against Ms. Jayalalithaa’s acquittal, Mr. Karunanidhi pointed out.
DMK’s decision to take on its arch-rival comes two days after Ms. Jayalalithaa was > sworn-in as Chief Minister for a fifth time, following her acquittal in the Rs 66.66 crore disproportionate assets case by the Karnataka High Court.
The court had allowed her appeal challenging the September 27, 2014 order of the trial court in Bengaluru convicting her and sentencing her to four years imprisonment imposing a fine of Rs 100 crore.
It was on DMK’s prayer in the Supreme Court that the case was transferred to Bengaluru in 2003. Since then, DMK General Secretary K Anbazhagan had impleaded himself in the case. In the latest instance, Mr. Anbazhagan had successfully challenged before the apex court the appointment of G Bhavani Singh as SPP in the case by the Tamil Nadu Government.
The Supreme Court had on April 27 >held as bad in law the appointment of Singh as SPP , following which Karnataka government appointed Mr. Acharya in his place.
The clinching argument
The value of disproportionate assets was Rs. 2.82 crore and this value was not enough to convict them on charges of corruption, said Justice C.R. Kumaraswamy in his verdict while disagreeing with the verdict of the Special Court, which had computed the value of DA at Rs. 53.6 crore.
How DA came to account for less than 10% of income
- Vigilance probe’s findings: Construction costs: Rs.27,79,88, 945 Marriage expenses: Rs.6,25,04,222
- High Court’s findings: Construction costs: Rs.5,10,54,060 Marriage expenses: Rs.28,68,000
- Exaggerated value: Construction costs: Rs.2,69,34,885 Marriage expenses: Rs.6,16,36,222
- Total assets: Vigilance estimate - Exaggerated value Rs. 37,59,02,466
- Disproportionate assets: Total assets - Total income
- Rs.37,59,02,466-Rs.34,76,65,654 = Rs.2,82,36,812
- Rs.2,82,36,812 x 100/Rs.34,76,65,654=
The Hindu Editorial
- > A sensational comeback The Karnataka HC’s judgment absolving Ms. Jayalalithaa of the grave charge that she amassed wealth illegally is undoubtedly a resounding political victory for her.