The state of Karnataka spent Rs 1,85,12,500 on advocate fees to conduct the trial in the Jayalalithaa Disproportionate Assets case. B V Acharya who was the first special public prosecutor in the case charged Rs 40,75,000, an RTI response has revealed.
Rs 1,06,86,018 was the amount paid to senior advocate B V Acharya who fought the Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case for the state of Karnataka. Senior advocate Dushyant Dave who represented Karnataka in the Supreme Court was paid Rs 95,16,500. The information was revealed to a Right to Information activist, T Narasimhamurthy, by the advocate general’s office in Karnataka.
For senior counsel B V Acharya, the special public prosecutor in the Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case, it is a job well done. He has battled all odds, stood his ground and ensured that the case of 20 years was taken to its logical conclusion. Acharya’s stint as the SPP in this case was anything but easy.
Brutally honest and straight forward, he was a thorn for the accused. He had to deal with the frustrations of the numerous adjournments and also those chaotic scenes in court. In 2012, he came under immense pressure from the then BJP government in Karnataka to give up either the post of advocate general or SPP.
While the hearing on the appeals were coming to a close a petition was filed yesterday by an advocate from Madurai challenging the appointment of B V Acharya as the Special Public Prosecutor in the case.