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“Setting aside conviction of Jayalalita bound to raise questions on fariness of Judicial System” Swaraj Abhiyan Press Release Speaks.

images (4)A Travesty of Justice

The Karnataka High Court’s decision to set aside the conviction of Jayalalita in the disproportionate assets case is bound to raise serious questions about the fairness of the Judicial System and its ability or lack of it to withstand the pressures and influence of powerful people. Consider the facts:

Using her influence Jayalalita managed to delay the trial for 17 years, even though charges were framed against her by the Special Court in 1997.  Supreme Court had to step in 2003 to shift the trial from Tamil Nadu to Karnataka. Finally the verdict came in 2014 and she was convicted by a detailed judgment of the trial court, which found that there is ample proof that she amassed huge assets and wealth disproportionate to her sources of income while she was the Chief Minister.

However, the Supreme Court granted her bail despite the serious conviction against her and despite the fact that she had used her influence to delay the trial and was still in a position to influence the appeal proceedings. In another objectionable order, Supreme Court while holding that the appointment of public prosecutor for her appeal in High Court was bad in law, it still did not order a rehearing of the appeal, despite the fact that the public prosecutor had hardly prosecuted the appeal. This led to a situation where the prosecution case was not fairly presented before the High Court.

It is unfortunate that the judiciary gives all kinds of indulgence to powerful individuals and grants them bails and acquittals, while thousands of undertrials languish in jail, a large number of whom are found to be innocent. Powerful persons like Jayalalita or Salman Khan manage to get bail despite convictions for serious offences, and also manage to get acquittals sometimes after farcical appeal proceedings. This is a scathing indictment of the judiciary and the criminal justice system. Successive governments and even the judiciary have failed to be serious about judicial reforms. It is time for the citizens to mount a massive movement to make the judiciary more accessible, quick, fair, transparent and accountable

  • 14 June 1996– Complaint filed against Jayalalitha for amassing disproportionate wealth
  • 18 June 1996– The then DMK led government registered FIR against Jayalalithaa
  • 21 June 1996– On the directions of Principal Sessions Court the then DSP of Tamil Nadu investigated the complaint.
  • 4 June 1997– Charge sheet filed in the case against four of the accused Jayalalithaa, Sasikala, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran
  • 21 October 1997– The special court framed charges against all the accused
  • 14 May 2001– Jayalalithaa led ADMK comes back to power in Tamil Nadu
  • 18 November 2003– Supreme Court directed the trial to be moved Bangalore, Karnataka
  • 13 August 2012– Special Public Prosecutor, B.V. Acharya resigned quoting efforts transferring him
  • 2 February 2013– G. Bhawani Singh appointed as the special public prosecutor
  • 26 August 2013– Karnataka government removed G. Bhawani Singh as prosecutor
  • 7 September 2013– Supreme court reinstates G. Bhawani Singh as the special public prosecutor
  • 27 September 2014– Court pronounces verdict – all four convicted were sentenced.
  • 7 October 2014 – Bail plea rejected by Karnataka High Court Bench.
  • 17 October 2014– Supreme Court granted bail to Jayalalithaa.
  • 27 April 2015– Supreme Court holds appointment of Bhawani Singh as prosecutor in appeal as wrong in law but doesn’t allow a fresh hearing.
  • 11 May 2015– Jayalalithaa gets acquitted of all corruption charges by the Karnataka High Court.

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This entry was posted on May 11, 2015 by in Jayalalaita, karnataka High court, Set Aside Coviction.

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