Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Thursday backed Karnataka Special Public Prosecutor >B.V. Acharya’s advice to file an appeal against the >acquittal of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case.
“I believe that Public Prosecutor Acharya and the Advocate-General of Karnataka have given strong written opinions that the judgement deserves to be appealed against. I have great respect for Mr. Acharya. I think he is right,” he told PTI.
His comments come in the wake of Mr. Acharya and Advocate-General Ravivarma Kumar advising the State government to file an appeal against the acquittal of Ms. Jayalalithaa, while the >legal cell of ruling Congress in the State advising against such a move.
Asked about his views on the controversy surrounding the judgement acquitting her, Mr. Chidambaram, an eminent lawyer himself, refused to comment saying he does not give his opinion on judgements “publicly”.
“I do not comment on the judgement publicly. I did not comment when she was convicted, I do not comment when she is acquitted,” the senior Supreme Court advocate said.
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=
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