Bengaluru, Dec 1: The Supreme Court is likely to have dedicated benches to hear cases on corruption. Justice T S Thakur who will take over as the Chief Justice of India has indicated that there would be zero tolerance in corruption cases and would also want such matters disposed off at the earliest.
There are scores of cases relating to corruption that are lined up before the Supreme Court which would be taken up on a priority basis. Sources say that the Chief Justice is likely to head some of these benches and ensure that the cases are disposed off at the earliest.
Justice Thakur has made it clear that the two major priorities for him would be disposal of corruption cases and also judicial reforms.
Jayalalithaa case bench will be announced in January
A bench to hear the J Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case will be announced likely in the month of January 2016. It is unclear whether the bench would comprise of two of three judges. Sources say that since the appeal would deal with the facts of the case and there is no point of law to be discussed, it is likely to be heard by a two judge bench of the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court will hear the case on a day to day basis from February onwards. It is expected to take at least two months to complete as the Supreme Court during the last date of hearing made it amply clear that all parties would be given sufficient argument time.
The Tamil Nadu chief minister had contended that the appeal filed by the Karnataka government against her acquittal was baseless. Karnataka however countered her argument by stating the verdict of acquittal by the Karnataka High Court could not be considered a judgment at all in the eyes of the law.
Though the judgment was lengthy, it was devoid of proper or definite findings on relevant issues, Karnataka contended while also adding that the High Court failed in its duty to perform the role of court of appeal in the high-stakes case.