Bengaluru, Feb 24: The Supreme Court which is hearing the appeal filed by the Karnataka government challenging the acquittal of Tamil Nadu chief minister, J Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case has sought for a clarification on certain figures.
The point in question is the marriage expenses of V Sudhakaran who was also an accused in this case before he was acquitted by the Karnataka High Court.
The confusion pertains to the marriage expense which the prosecution had stated was at Rs 6.45 crore. This was a submission that the prosecution had made before the trial court in Bengaluru which had convicted Jayalalithaa and others.
However, when the trial court heard this matter it had said that there was not enough evidence regarding the entire sum.
It had said that there was no evidence for the Rs 3 crore. The marriage expense arrived at by the trial court was then at Rs 3 crore.
The Supreme Court sought a clarification about the Rs 45 lakh. As per the prosecution the amount was Rs 6.45 crore, but the trial court reduced the amount by Rs 3 crore as there was no evidence for the rest.
Hence, now the SC has sought to know about the balance Rs 45 lakh as the prosecution had originally claimed before the trial court.
The trial court had brought down the total wedding expenditure claimed by the prosecution from Rs 6.45 crore to Rs 3 crore. It said evidence established that the expenses were paid for by Jayalalithaa herself.