New Delhi, Jan 30: The hearing on the appeal filed by Karnataka in the J Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case will commence before the Supreme Court on February 23.
The case which was originally slated for February 2 and to be heard on a day to day basis was postponed following an application made by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's counsel.
Karnataka's counsel, Dushyanth Dave who was also present said that there was no objection to the case being postponed. Karnataka's legal team has however said that it would ensure that the hearing on the case commences on February 23 and there will be no further delay.
Case will commence on February 23:
An officer in the Karnataka law department informed OneIndia that the case shall commence on February 23. We want to complete the case as soon as possible and arguments would get underway on February 23. Karnataka does not want any delay in the case, the officer also noted.
We had ensured that the case was posted early. Normally it takes almost an year before an appeal is posted before the Supreme Court unless there is an urgency to it. This is a 2015 case and we ensured that it was posted in 2016 itself. Normally such appeals take almost an year to come up in the higher courts the officer also added.
Further he also stated that that the arguments before the Supreme Court are likely to commence on the point of locus standi. We expect that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister will raise the contention whether Karnataka has the locus standi to file the appeal. This has been settled in the past and we shall reiterate the same point.
On the postponement of the case, the official said that there was no choice. One of the judges hearing this case is also part of the constitution bench hearing the Arunachal Pradesh case. That case which challenges the imposition of President's rule in the state is bound to spill over.
The case is posted for February 1 and would have continued on February 2 as well and hence it was only natural to agree for the postponement, the official also added.