news Monday, April 27, 2015 - 05:30
A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court has quashed the appointment of Bhavani Singh as the Special Public Prosecutor in the Rs. 66.65 crore disproportionate assets appeal case at the Karnataka high Court.   Though the bench ruled that the appointment was ‘bad in law’, it also said that the it did not warrant a 'de novo' hearing or retrial. The SC bench has also asked the Karnataka High Court to reject Bhavani Singh's arguments in the case and accept DMK leader Anbazhagan and Karnataka government's written submissions. The DMK leader  and Karnataka state has been directed to file his submissions by Tuesday.    What does today's SC order mean for Jayalalithaa?   The order by the Supreme Court quashing public prosecutor Bhavani Singh's appointment in the appeal in the Karnataka High Court brings both relief and a reason to worry for Jayalalithaa.   It's a relief because the Karnataka high court will now be able to deliver its verdict in the appeal case without further delay, which is in line with her apparent political strategy. The AIADMK and Jayalalithaa want the case to come to a conclusion at the earliest, as an acquittal at any stage of the case could mean a revival of her political career.   But the SC has also said that they are placing their trust in Justice Kumaraswamy and that he should reject Bhavani Singh's written submissions in the appeal case. Jayalalithaa's political opponents have alleged that Bhavani Singh, even as the state's public prosecutor, has acted in favor of Jayalalithaa and weakened the prosecution's case.   With the SC also asking DMK and Karnataka government to make submit written submissions, the case against her and other three accused will get stronger.   Reacting to the SC's order, DMK lawyer Saravan said,"We have been vindicated. From the very beginning we have maintained that Bhavani Singh had weakened the case."   The appeal largely hinges on the ability of Jayalalithaa's lawyers to prove to the court that she had nothing to do with the Rs 66.65 crore wealth and that the figure itself is an exaggerated one. The DMK had alleged that Bhavani Singh was not making any effective counters to prove the claim of her lawyers' wrong.