The review seeks a clarification on whether the fine amount can be collected since the SC had said that the case against her stood abated in the event of her death.
After being convicted along with jailed AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan and Ilavarasi in the disproportionate assets case, he surrendered before a special court on February 15 in Bengaluru following which he has been lodged in jail.
Confusion prevails over whether the state of Karnataka can order the auction of assets belonging to Jayalalithaa to recover the Rs 100 crore fine. As the current order of the Supreme Court stands, the disproportionate assets case against Jayalalithaa stands abated since she is deceased.
OneIndia caught up Sundar Pichamuthu, who was the court officer at the trial court in Bengaluru right from the first day till the case ended in a conviction in 2014.
This came into being since she was deceased at the time of the order being passed. Effectively, this order would mean that the Rs 100 crore fine that was imposed on her by the trial court cannot be recovered.
Sasikala Natarajan will have to spent an additional 13 months in jail if she fails to pay the fine of Rs 10 crore imposed on her by the Supreme Court of India which convicted her in the disproportionate assets case.
A circular was issued on Tuesday which directed her to pay the fine failing which she would have to spend 13 months in jail apart from the 3.6 year sentence she is serving since the past week.
The three ministers D Srivasan, Sengottaiyan and Sellur Raju had travelled from Chennai to meet Sasikala who is lodged in jail after she was convicted in the disproportionate assets case.
It was the year 2000, and the special court in Chennai had started evaluating the assets belonging to Jayalalithaa which the prosecution had said was disproportionate to her known source of income.
The first task for the judge was to evaluate the jewellery which was filled in three suitcases. However it was a bus that caught the eye of both the court staff as well as the journalists who were present in the court.
There is no doubt that the marriage of Sudhakaran the former foster son of Jayalalithaa was a lavish affair. It was this wedding that became the basis of the disproportionate assets case in which a conviction was recorded by the trial court and then the Supreme Court.
There are several incidents that transpired both in and outside the courts which were a subject of discussion for legal correspondents covering the trial. Journalists from Bengaluru and Chennai would very often discuss such incidents over coffee and cigarettes.
Karnataka has sent a bill of Rs 12.04 crore to Tamil Nadu in connection with the Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case. The bill details the expenditure incurred by Karnataka while conducting the DA case between 2004 and 2016.
The bill has details of the court charges, security, fees of lawyers, salary of judges and also the security arrangements made in connection with the case. The expenses were incurred by the chief accountant, the registrars of the city civil court and the Karnataka high court and the home department.
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.