Anbazhagan's petition referred to HC chief justice

Anbazhagan's  petition referred  to HC chief justice

The High Court on Wednesday referred to the Chief Justice, the petition seeking directions not to allow Special Public Prosecutor (SPP)  G Bhavani Singh to appear on behalf of Tamil Nadu’s Department of Vigilance and Anti Corruption (DVAC).

 The petition filed by K Anbazhagan, the general secretary of DMK had sought directions not to allow Bhavani Singh to appear on behalf of DVAC in the criminal appeals filed by former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha and her aides seeking to set aside their sentencing by the special court in the disproportionate of assets case.

Justice S Abdul Nazeer disposed of the petition referring it to the Chief Justice to decide on the matter.  The bench orally observed that when a designated bench has been constituted to hear the criminal appeals, it would be appropriate for the Chief Justice to decide on this petition as well. 

The petitioner had contended that Bhavani Singh was appearing in the matter for DVAC, without being appointed by the Tamil Nadu government nor has in possession with him, the order of the State government.  Further, the petitioner also contended that Singh was appointed as SPP only in the trial court and there was no order authorising him to appear in the High Court.

Meanwhile, L Nageshwara Rao, the counsel for Jayalalitha before the special bench trying latter’s appeal, submitted that the Poes Garden residence of Jayalalitha had been valued at Rs 13 crore. Applicable property tax had also been paid and the details informed to the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal. The tribunal had accepted the returns, but the special court had not considered the same, the counsel claimed.

The special bench of Justice C R Kumaraswamy adjourned the matter to January 19.

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