Chennai | Senior BJP Leader Dr Subramanian Swamy, the original complainant in the disproportionate assets case against AIADMK Supremo and Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, today said he would file an appeal in the Supreme Court challenging the Karnataka High Court verdict acquitting her from the case.
Leaders of various political parties, including DMK President M Karunanidhi, DMDK Founder and Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly Vijayakanth, TNCC President EVKS Elangovan and PMK Founder Dr S Ramadoss reiterated their demand urging the Karnataka Government to file an appeal in the Apex Court challenging the acquittal of Ms Jayalalithaa and three others in the assets case.
In his twitter handle, Dr Swamy said ”In my Appeal to SC In JJ DA case. I will prove that the KHC (Karnataka High Court) judgment is a tragedy of arithmetic errors. JJ will have to resign again if CM”.
Yesterday, the Karnataka High Court acquitted Ms Jayalalithaa of all charges, clearing the decks for her to come back as Chief Minister.
In a statement here, Mr Karunanidhi questioned the basis on which the Karnataka High Court had acquitted Ms Jayalalithaa in the case and opined the Karnataka Government must file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the order.
In a statement here, Mr Karunanidhi said the judge in his order had stated the loans obtained by Ms Jayalalithaa and her associates must be taken into consideration while putting the disproportinate assets at Rs 66 crore. Mr Karunanidhi claimed that apart from the loans availed by her and her associates, the Judge had also shown a lower valuation for Ms Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden Residence while reducing the expenditure she had incurred on her now disowned foster son Sudhakaran’s wedding.
Also, the Supreme Court had said Special Public Prosecutor B V Acharya’s written arguments must be considered by the Judge in the case. However, it appeared that the Judge did not follow the advice of the Supreme Court, the DMK Chief alleged.
Since the Supreme Court alone could arrive at a proper conclusion, the Karnataka Government must file an appeal before
the Apex Court, he added. Mr Vijayakanth expressed shock and surprise over the verdict and alleged that it went against the Supreme Court’s advise that the High Court should keep in mind the eradication of corruption while pronouncing the verdict.
Mr Elangovan in a statement here, said there was significant difference in the valuation of Ms Jayalalithaa’s assets, the Karnataka Government should take steps to file an appeal in the
Supreme Court. He said while the DVAC has estimated the assets at Rs 66 crores, the High Court has evaluated it at Rs 37 crores.
”Since there is a significant difference in the evaluation, the Karnataka Government should file an appeal in the Apex Court”, he added.
Dr Ramadoss, in a statement, also urged the Karnataka Government to file an appeal in the Apex Court. He also wanted Karnataka to make a plea before the Apex Court that the case should be heard and disposed off within a time frame of three months.
Dravidar Kazhagam President K Veeramani, in a statement, said the remarks of Public Prosecutor B V Acharya that he had never seen such a verdict in his 58 years of practice, should be taken into account and urged the Karnataka Government to file an appeal in the Apex Court.
The Aam Aadmi Party in Tamil Nadu also expressed surprise over the verdict and claimed that even after the Supreme Court bench ruled that the appointment of Mr Bhavani Singh as public prosecutor was invalid, the new public prosecutor was not given a chance to orally argue the case.
In a statement here, AAP Interim State Committee Member Jayaram Venkatesan said there was an urgent need for judicial reforms that would make judiciary deliver justice efficiently and independently.
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