J Jayalalithaa
AIADMK supremo and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.Creative Commons/radio petti

The Supreme Court will begin the hearing of the plea challenging the acquittal of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in the ₹66 crore disproportionate assets (DA) case in February. 

The day-to-day hearing of the petition will start from 2 February.

"SC to conduct day-to-day hearing from February 2 on appeals challenging acquittal of TN CM J Jayalalithaa in a disproportionate assets case," PTI reported.

Karnataka's ruling Congress government had in June this year filed a petition against Jayalalithaa's acquittal in the the 19-year-old illegal assets case, saying "High Court's order was a farce and illegal... It resulted in miscarriage of justice".

Siddaramaiah-led government sought a stay on Jayalalithaa's acquittal order issued by the Karanataka High Court on 11 May, 2015. The state government cited mathematical errors in the HC acquittal order.

Special Public Prosecutor BV Acharya, who had represented the Siddaramaiah-government in the DA case earlier, is expected to represent the state government in the Supreme Court as well.

A special court in Bengaluru (Bangalore) had on 27 September, 2014, sentenced Jayalalithaa to four years in jail and imposed a fine of ₹100 crore in the disproportionate assets case. She spent 21 days in Bengaluru's Parappana Agrahara Central Jail and was released on bail on 18 October.

Soon after securing bail, she filed a petition challenging her conviction at the Karnataka HC. She along with her close aides, N Sasikala Natarajan, VN Sudhakaran and J Elavarasi, who were also convited by the special court, were acquitted by Karnataka HC.

Following acquittal, Jayalalithaa was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time.

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