Bengaluru, Apr 28: The Karnataka Government will appoint senior counsel BV Acharya as the Special Public Prosecutor in the J Jayalalithaa appeals case. Although the role of an SPP is extremely limited, the government feels that it would be best to appoint one in case the court seeks some clarification on the matter.
Sources tell OneIndia that the government of Karnataka has spoken with senior counsel, BV Acharya and requested him to take up the post. [Exclusive: Prosecutor Bhavani Singh speaks about his ordeal to fight against Jayalalithaa]
BV Acharya in fact is well versed with the case as he was the first SPP in the case when the trial commenced after the matter was shifted to Karnataka. [Will Jayalalithaa verdict be out on April 30?]
The need for an SPP:
The Supreme Court had yesterday noted that the submissions made by Bhavani Singh who was the SPP cannot be taken into consideration as his appointment by the Tamil Nadu government has been held bad in law. It directed the High Court to take into consideration the written statements by DMK leader Abbazhagan and the Karnataka State Government before proceeding with its verdict. [Deliver Jayalalithaa verdict, Supreme Court tells Karnataka High Court]
The Supreme Court had also stated that these written submissions shall be filed by today (April 28). The Karnataka government feels that in case the High Court seeks some clarifications, there is a need to have an SPP to answer them.
Moreover they would also need assistance in case an appeal before the Supreme Court in the case needs to be drafted.
Sources say that there was a meeting of Acharya with the Law Minister and the matter was discussed at length. The state wants Acharya to file the written submissions before the court as he is well versed with the entire case.
An order is expected to be issued in this regard by noon following which the written submissions will be filed a highly placed source in the Karnataka law department informed.
The High Court has a lot to do:
In the wake of the Supreme Court verdict yesterday, the High Court will have to re-do a large portion of the verdict. It cannot take into consideration the 150 page submission made by Bhavani Singh.
It will have to take into account the written submission by the DMK leader and also the Karnataka state government.
The Supreme Court had told the High Court to meticulously go through the evidence and write the judgment.