It seems court wrangles are chasing Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa this year too. For Karnataka has decided to file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the high court’s verdict that acquitted her and other others in the disproportionate assets case.
The Karnataka cabinet has decided to continue with the services of senior advocate B.V. Acharya as he would be the special counsel to argue the case in the Supreme Court. “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 SC 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 on Monday.
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, he said.
“There is no question of any political vendetta,” he clarified noting that the special public prosecutor, the advocate general and the law department had all opined that it was a fit case to appeal.
The authorities have been directed to commence the process of filing the appeal. Further, Jayachandra said various issues, including the reported error in computing the total loans treated as income of the accused would be part of the appeal.
It may be noted that Acharya had publicly stated that it is a fit case to appeal. Moreover, advocate-general Ravivarma Kumar too had cautioned the state government that it would be a “great travesty of justice” to allow the HC’s acquittal of Jayalalithaa to become final by not appealing in the apex court.
On the delay in taking a final call on filing the appeal, Jayachandra said that the government had been given 90 days’ time to take 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.