Karnataka govt moves SC against Jayalalithaa`s acquittal in DA case, calls HC order `illegal`

AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa

Bengaluru, June 23: The Karnataka government has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court calling the acquittal of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case ‘illegal’.

Earlier on May 11, the Karnataka High Court had given a clean chit to Jayalalithaa and three others, clearing them of “all charges” in the 19-year-old case, helping her to return as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

The Bengaluru trial court had convicted Jayalalithaa for possessing assets disproportionate to her known sources of income and sentenced her to a four-year jail term and imposed a fine of Rs. 100 crore.

AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa had taken charge as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on May 24. On the first day of her work, the Chief Minister launched a chain of ‘Amma Canteens’, low-cost eateries across the state.

The AIADMK supremo had on May 23 sworn-in as the state’s chief minister, less than a fortnight after being cleared of corruption charges.

Earlier on June 5, Jayalalithaa filed her nomination papers to contest in the upcoming by-elections from the R K Nagar constituency in Chennai. The by-election is scheduled to be held on June 27.

She was disqualified as an MLA following her conviction in DA case in September.

(With Agency Inputs)

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