New Delhi, June 1: Karnataka government has demanded the Supreme Court to reverse the order of High Court, which had acquitted Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case. Special Public Prosecutor B V Acharya accused the High Court of acting in a perversive manner while hearing the case. In their petition before the apex judiciary, the state government has demanded the bench to reinstate the trial court order which sentenced four years imprisonment to Jayalalithaa, along with Rs 100 crore fine. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Election 2021: DMK Likely to Allot 25 Seats to Congress, Final Pack to be Inked Today
However, the bench led by Justices P V Ghosh and Amitava Roy, instead questioned the Karnataka government over their allegations against Jayalalithaa. Supreme Court demanded the prosecutor to prove that the money found in possession with Jayalalithaa is ‘illegal’. The bench claimed that mere having disproportionate assets does not qualify into a crime, till it is found that the additional asset is gained by unlawful means. Also Read - AIADMK Seals Poll Deal With BJP For Tamil Nadu Election, Allots Kanyakumari LS Seat, 20 MLA Segments
In the proceeding of Wednesday’s, Court asked the prosecutor to submit evidence before the bench which could validate the source of illegal money, and prove that the circulation of illegal money reached Jayalalithaa. Also Read - Unable to Break Open ATM, Robbers Steal The Whole Machine in Tamil Nadu's Tiruppur
Jayalalithaa was convicted by the trial court on September 27, 2014, following which she was forced to resign as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. The allegations date back to to her tenure of 1991-96, where she is accused of usurping properties worth Rs 66.65 crores. Her conviction was reversed by Karnataka High Court on May 11, 2015 acquitting her of all the charges.