Karnataka to appeal against Jayalalithaa’s acquittal

Filing the appeal is inevitable and the decision has been made purely on the basis of merit, says Karnataka Law Minister

June 01, 2015 02:21 pm | Updated November 28, 2021 07:39 am IST - Bengaluru

Karnataka State Cabinet on Monday decided to file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the High Court’s verdict of acquitting AIADMK General Secretary Jayalalithaa and three others in the disproportionate assets’ case.

The Cabinet has also decided to continue with the services of Senior Advocate B. V. Acharya by appointing him as Special Counsel to argue the case before the Apex Court, while Mr. Sandesh J Chouta will assist him.

"It is inevitable for us to file an appeal before the Supreme Court as Karnataka has been declared as the sole prosecuting agency by the Supreme Court with respect to the disproportionate assets’ case. We have to execute our responsibility properly by filing the appeal," Law Minister T. B. Jayachandra told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.

He made it clear that the decision to file an appeal had been taken purely on the basis of the "merit of the case as well as legal issues" and no political considerations were involved.

"There is no question of any political vendetta involved here," he remarked while pointing out that the Special Public Prosecutor, the Advocate General and the Law Department had all opined that it was a fit case to appeal.

He said the authorities have been directed to immediately commence the process of filing the appeal. Refusing to divulgethe details regarding the basis on which the appeal would be filed, Mr. Jayachandra only said various issues, including the reported error in computing the total loans treated as income of the accused, would be part of the appeal.

While Mr. Acharya had publicly stated that it is a fit case to appeal, Advocate-general Ravivarma Kumar too had recently cautioned the State Government that it would be a "great travesty of justice" to allow the High Court’s acquittal of Ms. Jayalalithaa to become final by not appealing in the apex court.

When asked about the delay in taking a final call on filing the appeal, Mr. Jayachandra remarked that the government had been given 90 days’ time to make a decision in this regard. Answering queries, he maintained that the Congress high command had not interfered in the process of taking the decision on appeal.

"Actually Karnataka had nothing to do with this case. It was the Supreme Court that transferred this case to Karnataka as it is one of the best administered states. We need to live up to the expectations and act responsibly," he said.

Meanwhile, sources in the state Cabinet said that during the discussion, a senior minister had stressed the need for assessing the political fallout of filing an appeal before making a final decision.

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.

AIADMK chief keeps her plans under wraps

In a statement, Ms. Jayalalithaa said the verdict gave her immense satisfaction and proved that she was innocent. She warned her political opponents to end their conspiracies against her and thanked the partymen and people who prayed for her. But she did not reveal any of her plans. > Read more

What the SPP said

“Counsel for the accused were allowed to make oral arguments for nearly two months, but no prosecutor authorised by Karnataka was present during such arguments,” B.V. Acharya said. > Read more


>Trial, errors and judgment - Sanjay Hegde After a long and convoluted progress through the courts, Ms. Jayalalithaa has finally been acquitted by the High Court. But this might not be the end of the morality play, with another appeal looking likely.

>Amma’s apogee moment - A.R. Venkatachalapathy History, the Marxist cliché goes, repeats itself twice — usually as a tragedy and then as a farce. But sometimes it repeats itself as a bigger tragedy. As the implications of the Karnataka High Court’s blanket acquittal of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa are thrashed threadbare, some crucial cultural questions remain to be explored.

>Where loyalty trumps all - Meera Srinivasan Loyalty, in a sense, has been the hallmark of Tamil Nadu politics. A person’s political commitment is primarily judged, in political circles, by her steely resolve to stick to a leader no matter what he or she is accused of. So what if critics label their leaders corrupt, authoritarian or power-hungry? “None like our leader,” they will vouch, with unmistakable earnestness.

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.
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