SC scripts the climax to the two-decade old wealth case

Jayalalithaa wealth case: timeline of events

The AIADMK leader’s prosecution was marked by many twists and turns over the years as the accused repeatedly sought legal remedy for various issues.



1996:



June 14: Dr. Subramanian Swamy files complaint against Jayalalithaa

June 21: The Principal District and Sessions Judge directs Letika Saran, IPS, to investigate the private complaint

June 18: The then (DMK) government directs DVAC to register an FIR against Jayalalithaa for allegedly possessing unaccounted assets



1997:



June 4: Charge sheet filed in Chennai; Rs. 66.65 crore disproportionate assets

Oct 21: Court frames charges against Jayalalithaa, V.K.Sasikala, V.N.Sudhakaran, and J. Ilavarasi



2002:

March: Takes charge as Chief Minister again

Nov. 2002 to Feb 2003: 76 witnesses were recalled and they resiled their previous statements



Feb 28, 2003: DMK leader K. Anbazhagan moves Supreme Court for transfer of trial



Nov 18: Supreme Court orders transfer of trial to a Special Court in Bangalore while observing that ‘fair trial was not going’ in Chennai



Dec. 2003 to March 2005: Special Court set up at Bangalore B.V.Acharya named Special Public Prosecutor for the case



2010:



Jan. 22: Supreme Court clears way for trial of DA case and trial commences



Dec. 2010 to Feb, 2011: Witnesses re-examined by the prosecution



2011:



May 16: AIADMK back in power, Jayalalithaa becomes Chief Minister again



Oct. 20 & 21; Nov 22 & 23: Jayalalithaa appears in person,answers Special Court’s questions.



2012:



Aug. 13: G. Bhavani Singh appointed as SPP



Aug. 23: Anbhazhagan moves HC questioning appointment



Aug. 26: Karnataka Govt. removes Singh as SPP



Aug.-Sept: Singh moves Apex Court which reinstates him



Sept. 30: Special Court judge Balakrishna retires.



Oct. 29: HC appoints John Michael Cunha as judge of Special Court



2014:



Aug. 28: Trial concludes, Special Court says verdict will be pronounced on September 20



Sept. 15: Ms. Jayalalithaa requests for change of locations for security reasons.



Sept. 16: Special Court allows Jayalalithaa’s plea, orders for shifting venue near Bangalore Central prison; postpones verdict to September 27.

Sept. 27: Jayalalithaa >sentenced to four years in jail, fined Rs. 100 crore | >Full text of the verdict

Oct. 7: >Karnataka HC rejects Jayalalithaa bail plea

Oct. 17: Jayalalithaa >gets bail with caveats

Dec. 18: SC >extends bail to Jayalalithaa by four months, directs Karnataka HC to form special bench

2015

Jan. 1: Karnataka High Court >constitutes a Special Bench of Justice C.R. Kumaraswamy to hear the appeals filed by Jayalalithaa and others

Jan. 5: >Hearing begins on Jayalalithaa's appeal

Feb. 5: HC >rejects DMK leader Anbazhagan's plea to act as intervener or assist SPP

Feb. 26: Anbazhagan >moves Supreme Court for removal of SPP Bhavani Singh

March 4: Karnataka HC >declines to defer Bhavani Singh arguments

March 6: Prosecution >concludes arguments in Jayalalithaa appeal hearing

March 9: SC >refuses to stay appeal hearing in Karnataka HC

March 12: Jayalalithaa has approached the High Court with unclean hands, claims Subramanian Swamy. >Read more

March 12: Karnataka High Court >reserves its verdict on the appeals filed by Jayalalithaa

April 7: Suprem Court >stays Jayalalithaa appeal verdict till April 15

April 15: Supreme Court >refers Anbazhagan's plea to larger bench

April 22: Three-judge Bench of Supreme Court >rules out fresh hearing in Jayalalithaa appeal

May 11: Karnataka High Court >acquits Jayalalithaa and three others of all charges. Jayalalithaa can now return as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the fine of Rs.100 crore also foes void. >Read full copy of the judgment

June 23: Karnataka government >moves Supreme Court against Jayalalithaa's acquittal calling the judgment as travesty of justice | Cites >arithmetic errors in High Court verdict

July 7: DMK >moves Supreme Court against Jayalalithaa’s acquittal

October 12: SC for >day-to-day hearing in Jayalalithaa assets case appeals

November 18: Anbazhagan >files rejoinder in Supreme Court

January 7, 2016: >New judge to hear Jayalalithaa case

January 19: Karnataka government >lists ‘errors’ in Jayalalithaa acquittal

January 21: Karnataka's appeal interference in TN affairs, >says Jayalalithaa

January 23: Anbazhagan >questions Jayalalithaa’s contention

February 23: SC begins >hearing on Jayalalithaa’s acquittal

February 24: Can birthday gifts be legal sources of income, >Karnataka asks SC in DA case

March 10: HC >could not find one error in trial court ruling, says Karnataka

June 1: Only ill-gotten assets a crime, >observes SC judge | >No money, says brother judge

June 7: SC reserves verdict on appeals against Jayalalithaa acquittal | Read more

June 24: Karnataka cites arithmetic errors in High Court verdict | Read more

July 7: DMK leader K. Anbazhagan challenged in the Supreme Court the acquittal of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa by the Karnataka High Court in a disproportionate assets case.

September 22: With the assurance that every party will get a chance to have his say, the Supreme Court fixed November 23 to decide the dates for day-to-day hearings on appeals filed by the State of Karnataka against the acquittal of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her co-accused in a disproportionate assets case.

October 14: SC to hear petition on whether CMs and Ministers can be treated on a par with govt. functionaries | Read more

December 6: Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, passes away | Read more

December 9: Former Supreme Court judge K.S. Radhakrishnan said the case against the former Chief Minister would abate. Section 394 of the Criminal Procedure Code mandated that all appeals — even against acquittal, as in this case — “shall finally abate on the death of the accused.”

February 7, 2017: The Supreme Court told the Karnataka government to wait for 'just another week' for the judgment on its appeals against the acquittal of Jayalalithaa and the other accused.

February 14, 2017: SC sets aside AIADMK general secretary V.K. Sasikala's acquittal by the Karnataka High Court in the Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case and "restored in full" the trial court conviction of September 2014.

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