New Delhi, May 6: The Supreme Court wants to wind up the hearing in the J Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case by May 14.
The Bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy told all those part of the case to wind up their arguments before the Supreme Court breaks for vacation.
The Supreme Court goes on vacation from May 15 onwards. Sitting would resume on June 29. The court wants all arguments in the case to be concluded before the vacations commence. Advocates associated with the case say that the verdict of the could be expected sometime in July.
Karnataka had filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the High Court verdict which had set aside the conviction handed out to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, Sasikala Natrajan, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran.
Wind up arguments:
The directive of the Supreme Court means that the petitioners would have to conclude their arguments by next week.
On Tuesday when the court resumes hearing of the matter, B V Acharya the special public prosecutor for Karnataka would make his submissions. Acharya had yesterday sought another day's time to conclude his arguments in the case. He is currently filing his rejoinder to the arguments made by Jayalalithaa and others.
The Supreme Court has been hearing this matter between Tuesday to Thursday ever since arguments commenced. After Acharya's submission, the court would hear the matter for another two days. The only pending petitions are the ones relating to the locus standi.
Two petitions had been filed questioning the locus standi of Karnataka in filing this appeal and also the appointment of B V Acharya as the SPP.
While these issues have been addressed by the Karnataka High Court and the Supreme Court in the past, the Bench decided to hear the petitioners. Once these petitions are heard, the arguments in the case would come to a close.