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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2340

Indian Supreme Court dismisses Karnataka plea against Jayalalithaa

New Delhi, 06 April, (Asiantribune.com):

Indian Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed Karnataka’s plea to review the abatement of appeal against former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and recovery of Rs. 100 crore fine in a disproportionate assets case.

The Karnataka government had on March 21 moved the apex court against its February 14 judgment contending that once the proceedings were abated, it would not be possible to recover the fine of Rs 100 crore imposed on the late leader which was part of the punishment awarded to her in the case.

Supreme Court dismissed Karnataka government’s plea in a disproportionate assets case against late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

“We have considered the review petitions filed by the State of Karnataka on merits. In our opinion, no case for review of our order dated February 14, 2017 is made out. Consequently, the review petitions are dismissed on merits,” a bench of justices PC Ghose and Amitava Roy said.

The Supreme Court set aside the Karnataka High Court's acquittal of Sasikala, V.N. Sudhakaran and J. Ilavarasi in September 2014. All three are serving their sentence in the case.

The Supreme Court, however, concluded that the case against Jayalalithaa stood abated with her death.

“If a party dies after the conclusion of the arguments and the judgment is reserved, there is no question of abatement of appeal and that the judgment subsequently pronounced shall have the same force and effect as if the same was pronounced before the death took place,” Karnataka, represented by counsel Joseph Aristotle, submitted in the review petition.

However, Justice Ghose's Bench had reserved the judgment after the completion of arguments on June 7, 2016. Jayalalithaa died on December 5, 2016. The Supreme Court pronounced its judgment on February 14, 2017.

- Asian Tribune -

Indian Supreme Court dismisses Karnataka plea against Jayalalithaa
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