Jayalalithaa acquittal: Karnataka Cabinet to take a call

Updated - November 17, 2021 01:03 am IST

Published - May 16, 2015 01:46 am IST - BENGALURU:

The Karnataka government is likely to file an appeal within a week in the Supreme Court against the Karnataka High Court verdict acquitting AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa and three others in the disproportionate assets case.

The decision was taken following legal opinion from Special Public Prosecutor B.V. Acharya and the Law Department in favour of filing an appeal, according to sources in the State secretariat.

However, it may take about a week’s time for the government to commence the process of filing the appeal as it awaits the report of Mr. Acharya’s recommendation as well as the views of the advocate-general.

Yet to get report

“Mr. Acharya has already made public his stand that the government should file an appeal. However, his report is yet to formally reach the government. After getting the report, the Law Department will make a formal recommendation to the government,” sources said.

The issue may be discussed by the Cabinet on May 21.

“The SC has declared Karnataka as the sole prosecuting agency in this case. Hence we have decided to execute our responsibilities by filing such an appeal,” sources said. The State government is said to be of the view that it should not err in executing its responsibility in this “historic case” which is being watched by the entire country.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the government would take a decision based on the opinion of legal experts.

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