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Sameera Ahmed| The News Minute| October 8, 2014| 7.50 pm IST It all began in 2013 for G Bhavani Singh when he was appointed as Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) for the Rs. 66 crore disproportionate assets case against J Jayalalithaa in Bangalore. Singh was the replacement appointed after the sudden resignation of BV Acharya, former advocate general who was originally appointed as SPP for the case.  Acharya had resigned after accusing the BJP government in Karnataka of seeking his removal to strengthen its ties with Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu. Voicing out that the accused attempted to obstruct the trial, Acharya had then said that vested interests had forced him to quit from handling the case. In the last two years, Bhavani Singh has been accused of being biased towards Jayalalithaa and other accused. The accusations against Bhawani Singh, however, reached its peak level when the SPP did not object conditional bail for Jayalalithaa and the other three accused during the bail plea hearing by the Karnataka High Court on October 7.  It was only two weeks before this sudden change in stance of the SPP that he, with a smiling face, rubbished claims of siding with the accused leader’s AIADMK party after his victory in the stunning conviction and imprisonment of then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa on September 27. With this sudden change in stance, the accusations returned with full vigor.  G Bhavani Singh who spoke to The News Minute on the case said that the reason he did not oppose conditional bail for the accused was only because of the ‘changed circumstances’ surrounding the case. When we asked what the change in circumstance was, he said that Accused A1 (Jayalalithaa) was asking not just for bail earlier, they even wanted suspension of conviction. However, on October 7th during the bail plea hearing, “they told in open court that they are not pressing for suspension of conviction, “said Mr. Singh. The previous bail plea was opposed by Mr. Singh because the reasons for the bail were not correct. “The contents of the application were not correct previously,” he said.  “A1 (Jayalalithaa) filed one extra application for suspension of conviction,” said Mr. Singh. “From the beginning I am opposing it because if conviction is stayed, what else will remain? What is the credit for my work that I have done so far?” he said.  Picture of Bhavani Singh in an interview with TV 9 Kannada On the bail plea, Mr Singh said that since the conviction included a 4 year imprisonment sentence, “it was between the accused and the court to decide” on whether bail should be given or not.  Mr. Singh, however, dismissed allegations of bias swinging back and forth against him by different parties, the PMK has demanded that he should not be prosecutor in this case in the Supreme Court. “Previously the DMK was saying that I belong to AIADMK. On the last occasion, Jethmalani told the court that I belong to the DMK party. We are not politicians,” he said.  Bhavani Singh and controversies In May, 2014 a Rs. 60,000 fine was issued to him for seeking repeated delays in hearings and adjournments in the case since January 27, 2014. This is not Mr. Singh’s only controversial situation in the case. In 2012, he was removed as SPP after DMK general secretary K. Anbazhagan questioned his appointment for the case. Following this, the Karnataka government removed him from the position.  His removal was later stayed by the Supreme Court after Mr. Singh approached the higher court claiming his removal was without proper reason and consultation from the Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court.  After the hearing on October 7 in which the bail plea by Jayalalithaa and the other three accused were rejected, both the DMK and the PMK have publicly opposed Bhavani Singh’s continuation as SPP when the case goes to the Supreme Court. However, Mr. Singh who wished not to comment on the parties opinions said that he would only continue if the court wanted him to continue. “If the court does not want me, I will quit,” he said.

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