Karnataka's ruling Congress government on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court against the acquittal of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in the ₹66 crore disproportionate assets (DA) case.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's acquittal in corruption case challenged by Karnataka government in Supreme Court
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Karnataka government wants a stay on the order of the High court order
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The Karnataka government, in the appeal, said that the "High Court's order was a farce and illegal... It resulted in miscarriage of justice," according to NDTV news.
The Karnataka government reportedly cited mathematical errors in the HC acquittal order.
Special Public Prosecutor BV Acharya, who had represented the Siddaramaiah-government in the DA case earlier, will again represent the state government in the Supreme Court, Karnataka Law Minister TB Jayachandra had said.
The decision to file an appeal against Jayalalithaa's acquittal in the top court was taken on 1 June on the suggestion of Acharya and Karnataka government Advocate General Ravivarma Kumar.
The High Court of Karnataka had on 11 May declared its verdict on a plea filed by Jayalalithaa, challenging her conviction in the illegal assets case. In the verdict, the HC Justice CR Kumaraswamy said the DA case against AIADMK chief could not be proved.
The 67-year-old AIADMK supremo was convicted by a special court of Bengaluru on 27 September, 2014 and was sentenced to four years in jail along with a fine of ₹100 crore.
Her close aides, N Sasikala Natarajan, V N 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. Meanwhile, preparation is on for assembly by-elections, to be held on 27 June. She filed her nomination from Radhakrishnan (RK) Nagar constituency in Chennai on 5 June for the bypolls.