news Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 05:30
The three-judge panel at the Supreme Court will announce its verdict on the issue surrounding a petition questioning  Bhavani Singh’s appointment as Special Public Prosecutor in the disproportionate assets case involving Jayalalithaa and three others on April 27. Though a decision is imminent on Monday, the panel noted that though the SPP’s appointment was laced with irregularities, it did not however warrant fresh hearing, reported PTI. "We do not want to delay this matter any further. The appointment of SPP prima facie appears to be irregular and bad in law. But this doesn't warrant fresh hearing. We are not going to allow de novo hearing," a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, R K Agrawal and Prafulla C Pant said, according to the report. The decision by the three-judge panel was given after a bench representing Justice Madan B Lokur and R BAnumathi had a difference in opinion in Bhavani Singh’s appointment. For Jayalalithaa, the decision to go on without fresh hearing will come as a relief and one step closer to a quick decision on a pending appeal at the Karnataka High Court considering the number of projects that remain in limbo in Tamil Nadu awaiting her return.  The judge’s decision allows both Jayalalithaa’s team and DMK leader Anbazhagan to file written submissions  before the High Court which would be considered by the court ahead of its verdict. Earlier, the Supreme Court had extended the time limit for a verdict by the Karnataka High Court on the appeals filed by Jayalalithaa and also extended her bail till the case was completed at court.
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