Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case: B V Acharya is the new Special Public Prosecutor

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Bengaluru, April 28: The state of Karnataka has officially appointed senior counsel B V Acharya as the Special Public Prosecutor in the J Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case. He will file his written submissions before the Karnataka High Court at 4 pm.

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With the Supreme Court striking down the appointment of Bhavani Singh as the SPP as illegal, the Karnataka government had this morning decided to appoint Acharya as the SPP in the case. [Jaya appeal case: Karnataka to appoint BV Acharya as SPP


Written submissions by 4 pm

B V Acharya will make the written submissions on behalf of the prosecution by 4 PM. The submissions which were prepared after a detailed discussion with the law minister and law secretary will be made before the registry by 4 pm.

Earlier this morning there were detailed discussions held in the law department on the submissions they would have to make before the High Court. The state government had to file the submissions by today itself as the Supreme Court had clearly asked them to do so by April 28.

Sources said that the state of Karnataka will seek for the upholding of the sentence as pronounced by the trial court which had sentenced the former Tamil Nadu CM to 4 years of imprisonment and Rs 100 crore fine. The state decided to go ahead with Acharya as he is well versed with the case. Moreover when the case was first shifted to Karnataka he was the one who was appointed as the first SPP. It was only after he resigned that the state decided to appoint Bhavani Singh to argue before the trial court.

However when the matter went up to the High Court, the appointment of Bhavani Singh was challenged on the ground that he was appointed by the Tamil Nadu and not the Karnataka government. The contention was upheld and Singh's appointment struck down.

Ball in Judge's court

Justice Kumaraswamy who has been hearing the appeal filed against the conviction will now have to take into consideration the submissions made by the state government before delivering the verdict. The court will also have to consider the written submissions made by DMK leader Anbazahagan. He had made his submissions before the High Court registry yesterday.

The court will also have to remove the arguments which were made during the course of the appeal by Bhavani Singh in the event of his appointment being held null and void.

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