Karnataka govt appeals in SC against Jayalalitha’s acquittal


Karnataka government has moved Supreme Court challenging the Karnataka High Court’s order, which acquitted the AIADMK leader in a disproportionate assets case in May this year.

Challenging the order, Karnataka government described the High Court order as farce and illegal adding that it had resulted in the miscarriage of justice.

The Karnataka government further asked the court to restore the order of the lower court and follow the consequence (meaning that she be disqualified).

The Supreme Court is currently on summer vacation. Although the vacation bench sits everyday, it is unlikely to take up the appeal.

Jayalalitha was disqualified following her conviction in the Rs 66.66 crore disproportionate assets case by a trial court in Bengaluru on September 27.

The Karnataka High Court had subsequently acquitted her of the charges on May 11.  She was sworn in as the CM on May 23.

Given the harsh language used in the appeal, experts feel that Karnataka government is indeed very serious in pursuing the matter. Jayalalitha is currently on a campaign trail for the by-election in Tamil Nadu.