Karnataka's appeal against Jaya's acquittal 'interference' in TN's affairs

Karnataka's appeal against Jaya's acquittal 'interference' in TN's affairs

Karnataka's appeal against Jaya's acquittal 'interference' in TN's affairs

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha on Thursday described Karnataka’s
appeal against her acquittal in the disproportionate assets case as an “interference in the internal affairs of Tamil Nadu” and a violation of the federal scheme.

The AIADMK chief questioned the locus standi of Karnataka in filing the special leave petition, claiming that the said offence took place in Tamil Nadu.

“Karnataka has no legislative power in respect of the affairs of the State of Tamil Nadu and consequently, has no power to prosecute the alleged offender in the Supreme Court for offences committed in Tamil Nadu against the State of Tamil Nadu,” Jayalalitha contended in a written note to the court.

Highlighting the points to be considered, she submitted the case was transferred to Karnataka on November 18, 2004 for the specific purpose of conducting a fair trial, which had already been achieved. There is nothing further left for Karnataka to do in this case, she said.

If not for this transfer order, Karnataka had no involvement in the corruption case. It was neither the de facto complainant nor the de jure aggrieved party.

No crime under the Prevention of Corruption Act or the Indian Penal Code has been committed against Karnataka, she submitted.

‘No cogent evidence’
Jayalalitha asked why the SC should review findings of facts by the Karnataka High Court, including that there is no cogent evidence to show that co-accused N Sasikala, J Ezhavarasi and V N Sudhakaran got their wealth through her.

She questioned the locus of DMK leader K Anbazhagan and BJP leader Subramanian Swami, who were allowed to intervene in the matter, by claiming that only Tamil Nadu had the “exclusive jurisdiction” to file the special leave petition or appeal against the Karnataka HC judgment of acquittal on May 11, 2015 as she is a “public servant of the State of Tamil Nadu”.