The Supreme Court on Wednesday will give its judgment on a petition filed by DMK leader K. Anbazhagan for removal of Bhavani Singh as Special Public Prosecutor in the appeals filed by the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, and her co-accused in a Rs. 66.65-crore disproportionate assets case. If the Supreme Court agrees with Mr. Anbazhagan, the three-month-long appeal hearings before the Karnataka High Court against the conviction and sentence of Ms. Jayalalithaa and her co-accused stand vitiated. The appeals will then have to be re-heard after the appointment of a new prosecutor.
A Bench led by Justice Madan B. Lokur was mindful of the fact that the Supreme Court had given a three-month deadline to the High Court to complete the appeal proceedings by mid-April.
Meanwhile, another Bench led by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu is scheduled to hear on April 17 separate pleas by Ms. Jayalalithaa and other accused for extension of bail.
Mr. Anbazhagan, represented by senior advocate T.R. Andhyarujina and advocate V.G. Pragasam, had moved the Supreme Court on February 20 challenging two separate orders passed by the High Court.
In the first order on February 5, the High Court dismissed Mr. Anbazhagan’s plea to help the prosecution side in the appeals while observing that he is a “political opponent” and has no statutory right.
On February 11, the High Court rejected his challenge against Mr. Singh’s authority as Special Public Prosecutor.Hindu