Bengaluru, May 21: A petition challenging the swearing in ceremony of J Jayalalithaa as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has been dismissed by the Karnataka High Court. The vacation bench of the high court while rejecting the petition also imposed cost (fine) of Rs 25,000 on the petitioner.
The petition challenged the decision by Jayalalithaa to take over as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. She will be sworn in later this week. The petitioner argued that in the wake of a appeal set to be filed in the Supreme Court she should not be sworn in as the CM.
The High Court had last week acquitted Jayalalithaa of all charges filed in the disproportionate assets case. This paved the way for her to take over as the Chief Minister of the state.
In the wake of an acquittal there is no bar on her contesting the elections and taking over the CM. The Karnataka Government which is the prosecuting authority has not yet filed an appeal before the Supreme Court.