The Karnataka government has decided to file an appeal in the Supreme Court to contest the acquittal of incumbent Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case. The top court in Bengaluru cleared the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader and three others in the 19-year-old case thus enabling the 67-year-old to reclaim the Chief Minster’s seat by replacing party loyalist O. Panneerselvam.

Last week, the Karunanidhi led Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) had revealed their plans to file a Special Leave Petition (SLP) before the Supreme Court. Karnataka Law Minister T.B. Jayachandra has confirmed that a petition will be filed before apex court challenging the ruling by Karnataka High Court.

The Chief Minister has directed me to file an appeal in the Supreme Court immediately. And now the cabinet has decided to file the appeal,” Law Minister Jayachandra said. Congress, PMK welcome Karnataka government decision to appeal in J Jayalalithaa case.

Jayalalithaa was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time on May 23 following her acquittal in the disproportionate assets case. The High Court verdict by Justice CR Kumaraswamy in a 919-page judgement, also acquitted Jayalalithaa’s close aide Sasikala and two others.

Last September, Special Court Judge John Michael D’Cunha had awarded a four-year jail term and slapped a fine of Rs 100 crore on Jayalalithaa and Rs 10 crore each on the other three.