In Jayalalithaa DA case, the liniency criteria cannot be applied

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Bengaluru, March 31: Senior BJP leader and the original complainant in the Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case made some interesting points during his hour long submission in the Supreme Court. He made it clear to the Bench comprising Justice P C Ghose and Amitava Roy that no leniency can be shown in corruption cases involving public servants holding high positions.

Swamy who had filed the complaint against the Tamil Nadu chief minister in 1996 said that a bad precedent would be set if leniency is shown in corruption cases involving public servants holding high positions.

Jaya case:Can't apply liniency criteria

The leniency criteria

Swamy further went on to point out to the Bench that the leniency criteria cannot be applied in such cases. The Karnataka High Court had made a blunder while applying this criteria. The High Court's single judge ought to have confirmed the conviction in the case.

He further stated that the main issue that needs to be decided by the Supreme Court is whether the Karnataka High Court had calculated the wealth and income correctly.

The High Court had erred in the calculations as a result of which Jayalalithaa and three others got the benefit of an acquittal, Swamy also added.

Swamy also brought to the notice of the Supreme Court that the High Court had not considered the objections that were filed by either Karnataka or him when the appeal by her was being heard. Swamy further also pointed out to the mathematical errors that were committed by the High Court as a result of which Jayalalithaa got the benefit of an acquittal.

It may be recalled that when Jayalalithaa was acquitted by the High Court, Swamy had Swamy had said on his twitter account that the verdict was a tragedy of arithmetic errors. Following the complaint by Swamy in 1996, the DMK government too had filed cases against her.

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