Jayalalithaa’s disproportionate assets case: Supreme Court adjourns hearing to March 10
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
The Supreme Court of India on February 25 adjourned hearing on the J Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case to March 10th, providing some breathing space for the Tamil Nadu chief minister who may still hope for another “miracle”.
The Supreme Court which had indicated on February 24 that it would want to complete the hearing in four weeks has instructed all the parties to file a list of evidence, trial court and high court records and a list of witnesses before it by March 10th.
Today arguments commenced with Karnataka making submissions. However the SC had sought several clarifications from both sides following which the Supreme Court decided to grant time and adjourn hearing on the matter.
The Supreme Court said that it wants a compilation of the charges, evidence list, findings of the High Court and also the trial court. It further asked the parties to submit an evidence list.
On the next date of hearing after the list is submitted, Karnataka is likely to continue arguments for a day. Following this the counsel for Jayalalithaa will advance arguments before the court and also file objections to the points raised by Karnataka which is the appellant in this case.
Jayalalithaa will advance arguments first on the locus standi of Karnataka to file the appeal. Although this point had been settled by the High Court and also the Supreme Court, her counsel will raise this issue. Karnataka will contend that it is the prosecuting state and hence is within right to file the appeal.
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