SC reserves judgement in Jayalalithaa's disproportionate assets case

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its judgement on a petition filed by the Karnataka government and others against the acquittal of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case.According to a report, a division bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justices PC Ghose and Amitava Roy asked Karnataka and other respondents to file written submissions by Friday, June 10th.
The hearing began on February 23 and concluded last week. The apex court had reportedly observed that, "Disproportionate assets are not a crime. It is only a crime if it is proved the source of the money is illegal. Otherwise the illegality of disproportionate assets is only an inference."

 

The Karnataka government had appealed to the Supreme Court against the verdict of the Karnataka High Court which had acquitted J Jayalalithaa and her aides, Sasikala Natrajan, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran.On July 27 last year the apex court had issued notices on the Karnataka government's appeal seeking stay of the high court judgement, asking them to file their replies within eight weeks.

 

The apex court had earlier allowed an intervention application by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in the matter and asked him to file the issues he wished to press before it.The hearing went on for three months before the Supreme Court reserved its judgement on Tuesday.Jayalalithaa was convicted by a trial court of misusing her position as Chief Minister between 1991 and 1996 to amass disproportionate assets of nearly Rs 67 crore. The Karnataka High Court overturned that verdict and acquitted her last year.

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