Bengaluru, July 29: The appeal in the disproportionate assets case relating to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister will come up for hearing in the Supreme Court next in the month of October. The Bench headed by Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose will hear the matter after ten weeks.
The court has granted four weeks time to Jayalalithaa, Sasikala Natrajan, Ilavarai and Sudhakaran to file their objections to the appeal by the Karnataka Government and DMK leader Anbazhagan.
After the objections are filed, the Karnataka government and Anbazhagan will have to file their rejoinder to the same.
Objections and re-joinder
The legal procedure after an appeal is filed usually takes 4 to 8 weeks. Karnataka had challenged the acquittal of Jayalalithaa and others by the Karnataka High Court in the disproportionate assets case.
The matter had come up for hearing on July 27th and the Supreme Court had issued notices to Jayalalithaa and others.
Karnataka had pressed for a stay on the acquittal of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, but the Supreme Court refused to grant the same.
The Supreme Court in turn granted four weeks time to Jayalalithaa and others to file their objections to the appeal.
Once the objections are filed, Karnataka and Anbazhagan will file a detailed rejoinder. Following this process a date would be fixed in the month of October and hearing on the appeal would commence.
Karnataka has only main prayer and that is to uphold the verdict of the trial which had sentenced Jayalalithaa and others to four years imprisonment and imposed a Rs 100 crore fine. However the High Court of Karnataka had reversed the trial court order.
Bench likely to be headed by Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose
The Bench which will hear the matter in October is most likely to headed by Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose. It is still unclear who the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court would appoint as the second judge on the Bench.
Justice Ghose is son of Late Justice Sambhu Chandra Ghose, former Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court.
Enrolled with the West Bengal Bar Council, Justice Ghose practised in Civil, Commercial, Arbitration, Constitutional and Company matters both in the Original Side and Appellate Side at Calcutta High Court.
He was transferred to the Andhra Pradesh High Court and assumed the charge of Judge of the said High Court and assumed charge as an Acting Chief Justice on 25th June, 2012. On 12th December, 2012 he was appointed as the Chief Justice, High Court of Andhra Pradesh.
On 8th March, 2013, appointed and assumed charge as Judge of the Supreme Court of India. He is due to retire on May 27, 2017.