SC dismisses Karnataka Govt's review plea in Jayalalitha case
The Supreme Court (SC) dismissed a review petition filed by the Karnataka Government against its earlier order to abate proceedings against Former Cheif Minister J.Jayalalitha, the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu. This, in effect, means that the Rs 100 crore penalty imposed on Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case cannot be recovered. The Supreme Court order in the DA case, that has gone through various trial phases over the last 20 years, was finally pronounced on February 14, 2016. In its order, the apex court upheld the conviction of the four persons accused of accumulating assets disproportionate to their known sources of income â€“ J Jayalalithaa, Sasikala Natarajan, V.N.Sudhakaran, and Ilavarasi. The Karnataka government had argued that the court should not go by the date of pronouncement of order, but rather, the date when the court had reserved the case for orders â€“ in June 2016. At that time, Jayalalithaa was alive and healthy. But this plea has now been dismissed. The fine amount imposed on the other three convicts is Rs 10 crores each -- recovery of this, of course, will happen.