Jaya DA Case: SC Strikes Down Bhavani Singh’s Appointment
In blow to Jayalalithaa, SC strikes down appointment of ‘friendly’ Special Public Prosecutor Bhavani Singh.
The Supreme Court has struck down the appointment of Special Public Prosecutor Bhavani Singh in the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets (DA) case against former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and three others.
Jayalalithaa, who is currently out on bail was sentenced to four years in jail in September 2014 by a special court in Karnataka. Following which she filed an appeal with the Karnataka High Court (HC).
However, DMK leaders protested when Tamil Nadu Special Public Prosecutor, Bhavani Singh was appointed to try her case in the Karnataka HC. It has been alleged that he is a stooge of Jayalalithaa’s and was appointed to go easy on the former CM during the trial.
The court also proclaimed that the involvement of the Tamil Nadu government in his appointment was a manifestation of the government’s “anxiety” about the future.
The court pronounced that Karnataka is the sole prosecuting agency in the pending appeals filed by the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, and three others against their conviction in the DA case, as reported by The Hindu.
Written Submissions by April 28
The apex court bench, led by Justice Dipak Misra has directed the state government of Karnataka to file its written submissions by April 28 in the Karnataka High Court where the appeals of Jayalalithaa and three others are pending.
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