DMK to appeal against Jaya's acquittal

The Opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazahgam (DMK) in Tamil Nadu on Monday said that it would definitely move the Supreme Court for an appeal challenging the Karnataka High Court verdict acquitting Chief Minister and AIADMK Supremo J Jayalalitha from the disproportionate assets case.

A decision in this regard was taken at the DMK district secretary meeting led by party president M Karunanidhi.

“The apex court had twice categorically stated that the DMK has the right to implead in the case and taking this into account, our party would definitely file an appeal in the Supreme court,” Karunanidhi said.

He said Special Public Prosecutor B V Acharya and Karnataka Advocate General Ravivarma Kumar have given recommendations to the Karnataka government for filing an appeal.
“In addition, he (Acharya) had also said that it would set a wrong legal precedent if the Karnataka government did not go on appeal,” the DMK leader said. Karunanidhi also claimed that political parties and legal experts have urged the neighbouring state to file an appeal against acquittal of Jayalalitha.

“Considering the recommendations made by the public prosecutor, I hope and believe that the Karnataka government would file an appeal,” he said adding that the original complainant BJP leader Subramanian Swamy too has said that he would go on to appeal in the Supreme Court.

DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan is one of the petitioners in the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case against Jayalalitha.
Last year, a trial court in Karnataka convicted Jayalalitha with four years’ jail term and Rs 100 crore fine, but the Karnataka High Court accepted Jayalalitha’s appeal and acquitted her of all charges.

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