London Hotels case withdrawal allowed

December 08, 2009 12:00 am | Updated February 27, 2010 03:59 pm IST

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Monday permitted the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC), Tamil Nadu, to withdraw prosecution against AIADMK general secretary and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the London Hotels case.

Ms. Jayalalithaa and several other accused are facing trial in a Special Court in Bangalore. There are two cases — the disproportionate assets case and the London Hotels case. Apart from Ms. Jayalalithaa, the other accused are Sasikala Natarajan, Illavarasi, T.T.V. Dinakaran and V. Sudhagaran.

The Special Court had dismissed an application by the (DVAC) seeking permission to withdraw prosecution against Ms. Jayalalithaa in the London hotels, relating to acquisition of assets (two hotels) in London by Ms. Jayalalithaa and Mr. Dinakaran.

The DVAC and the Special Public Prosecutor in the cases, B.V. Acharya, had filed a criminal revision petition in the High Court against the Special Court order.

They contended that the charges in the London Hotels case are likely to fail for paucity of evidence and the prospect of successful prosecution is remote.

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