Testing Times as Karnataka High Court gets set to give verdict in Jaya Case

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Cornered: contesting from four seats in 2001 might come to haunt Jayalalithaa

It’s an anxious wait and trying times for AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa. The Karnataka High court is all set to announce the verdict on her petition. Jaya had filed a petition in Oct 2014 challenging the trial court order of Sept 27th 2014 in the disproportionate assets case popularly called the DA case. The trial court had found her and three others including Sasikala guilty of having assets disproportionate to their sources of income.

 The special trial court was constituted outside Tamil Nadu to probe the wealth Jaya had acquired during her tenure as chief minister between 1991 and 1996. In 1991 , Jaya had declared 3 crores as assets , while in 1996 she had declared 66 crores in assets .  Jayalalithaa was granted conditional bail by the Supreme Court after spending 18 days in prison in Bangalore had simultaneously moved the Karnataka High Court challenging the verdict

 While the hearings in the High court did not see the amount of delays and objections like in the trial court had seen, but the DMK managed to have an upper hand in the case . DMK petition questioning the legal sanctity of the Public Prosecutor, Bhavani Singh was upheld by the apex court. The Supreme court found merit in the DMK petition and questioned the role that Bhavani Singh played .

 Subramaniam Swamy, the plaintiff in the trial court and the complainant in the case is looking forward to the verdict with a lot of expectation. Speaking to TEHELKA, he said, “It’s been a long legal battle spanning 18 years and I finally hope that the petition will be rejected. It’s not a personal fight as it’s a fight to punish the guilty who had indulged in syndicated corruption”.

 As all eyes are on Karnataka High Court , as to what will be its verdict. A favourable verdict means a lot to Jayalalithaa, as her entire political future hinges on the outcome of the case. While she appointed O Paneerselvam as the chief minister again in October after she was forced to step down, to keep the government going but with elections in the state less than an year away it’s important for her to get to the centre stage at the earliest. With the present bail conditions, Jaya is confined to her house and can step out only for medical treatment and that has curtailed her to a large extent.

 With the Karnataka High Court verdict expected around the weekend , Jayalalithaa and her battery of lawyers will have their hands full again for the next couple of months. If she doesn’t get relief, she is expected to move Supreme Court immediately thereafter and in case there is some respite for her at Karnataka High Court ,both the DMK and Subramaniam Swamy are geared up to take the case to New Delhi.

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