Acharya's resignation accepted

The State government has formally accepted the resignation of senior counsel B V Acharya as the special public prosecutor (SPP) in the disproportionate assets case involving Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha.

Acharya had resigned as SPP on August 13, 2012, but the Chief Justice had asked him to continue till an alternative arrangement was made. It is, however, learnt that after the Chief Justice accepted the order, the government on January 17, 2013, issued a formal order.

Acharya had resigned as SPP citing health reasons. “The case continued to drag on and I am not able to withstand the pressure and tension of handling it in the trial court.

Though I do not have any health problem, it is the age that made me resign as SPP. I was 71 years old when I agreed to be SPP; now I am 79,” he told Deccan Herald.

Acharya had resigned as Advocate General of the State in February last year after he was told by the State government that he could keep one post. Acharya chose to retain the post of SPP in the case against Jayalalitha.

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