Bengaluru, Apr 2: Karnataka may seek two days time to submit its reply in the J Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case. The time to submit the reply would be sought immediately after Nageshwar Rao, senior counsel appearing for Jayalalithaa would conclude his arguments.
Sources part of the Karnataka legal team tell OneIndia that they will not stretch the submissions made in the reply. The arguments that will be put-forth by Jayalalithaa's counsel will be analysed and only those points where we have doubts will be part of the reply.
As per the procedure, the appellant or the party filing a case will have a second chance to argue. We want to ensure that the arguments conclude in quick time and will stick only those contentious points at the time of submitting our reply. In all likelihood, Dushyanth Dave will make the submissions on behalf of the state of Karnataka.
Rao will commence arguments on Tuesday and may conclude by Thursday. This would be followed by a brief submission by the counsel for Ilavarasi, Sasikala Natrajan and Sudhakaran.
Petition on locus standi
Karnataka does not expect much time to be spent on the petition filed by an advocate questioning the locus standi of either the Supreme Court or the High Court in hearing this case. The officer said that if this was to be taken up seriously then it would have been taken up first.
There is no point in hearing all the parties and then deciding on the locus standi of the court. If the Bench had been convinced about this point then they would have taken up that case first instead allowing all the parties to argue, the officer also informed.