New Delhi, Mar 17: A salary of Re 1 for 27 months and yet there was Rs 66 crore with her. This is what Special Public Prosecutor for Karnataka, B V Acharya said to the Supreme Court while challenging the acquittal of Tamil Nadu chief minister, J Jayalalithaa and three others.
I fail to understand how she managed to amass wealth to the tune of Rs 66 crore between 1991 and 1996 when her salary as Chief Minister was just Rs 1.
Acharya further argued that in cases of corruption it is upon the accused to prove the legal source of income. However the accused in this case, Jayalalithaa, Sasikala Natrajan, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran failed to do so, the prosecutor further submitted.
Acharya further argued that the trial court had concluded rightly about the disproportionate assets. It has taken count of of all the assets and expenses and came to the conclusion Rs 53 crore was the disproportionate amount while Rs 13 crore was the expense.
The High Court however reversed this decision and even committed an arithmetic blunder which gave the accused the benefit of an acquittal, Acharya also submitted. The High Court also made a mistake in concluding that the loans taken from the nationalised banks were not considered by the prosecuting agency.