Jayalalithaa DA case: SC approves day to day hearing

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India today approved to carry a day-to-day hearing of the 66-crore disproportionate assets case on Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and three others. The decision was taken in response to an appeal filed against the earlier Karnataka High Court judgement.

A bench, constituting justices P C Ghose and R K Agrawal, asked both the concerned parties to give a list of disputes, which as per them, required to be considered in the case on January 8.

“Both of you (parties) settle among yourselves and give us the issues need to be decided by us so that it can be heard quickly and disposed of at the earliest,” the bench said.

The apex court had issued notices on July 27 in response to the Karnataka government’s plea pursuing a stay of the High Court verdict, to Jayalalithaa, Sasikala and two of her relatives, V N Sudhakaran, Elavarasi. The court had also probed them to file their responses within eight weeks.

Meanwhile, the bench also accepted an intervention request by lawyer and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in the case. The court further asked him to file questions he wanted to ask them.

Karnataka government in its plea, in contradiction of the May 11 judgement, alleged the state government’s prosecuting organisation was not represented before the High Court.

The petition asserted that the apex court made a mistake in computing the disproportionate assets of the AIADMK leader.

Meanwhile, a distinct petition was filed by a Chennai-based lawyer R Rajavel, who wanted to know the court’s course on questions of law which include infringement of fundamental rights as assured in the Constitution.

“Whether a Chief Minister interpreted as public servant under Article 141 of the Constitution can be treated on par with the functionaries specifically defined as public servants in the statutes, because both the categories, though they are engaged in public duty, they are governed by different set of norms, rules and regulations governing their functions,” the plea stated according to a daily report.