There was high drama in the court hall of the Supreme Court presided by Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit which was hearing the Kalhiko Pul case. The 60-page suicide note written by Pul, former chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, made some sensational disclosures. Pul’s wife, Dangwimsai had written to the Chief Justice of India seeking a CBI probe. A bench was constituted to hear the matter.
However her counsel Dushyant Dave made some sensational allegations in the court following which they withdrew the petition. Dave said that since the note makes allegations against the judiciary, it cannot be heard by the SC.
The Supreme Court has rejected Sasikala Natarajan’s request for more time to surrender.
The SC said that it had asked her to surrender immediately and it will not change that order.
Karnataka, the prosecuting state in the Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case had argued that it was a glaring arithmetic error that led to the acquittals in the case.
The Karnataka high court had erred in the calculations which led to the acquittal of Jayalalithaa, Sasikala Natarajan, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran, it was contended.
Can Rs 1.5 crore received from party cadres as gifts on birthdays be said to be a lawful source of income, Karnataka had asked while arguing the Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case in the Supreme Court.
Arguing for Karnataka, senior counsel Dushyanth Dave contended that if gifts are made as legal, then it would open the doors for all politicians to escape criminal liability.
It was one of the most awaited orders of the year. The 21-year-old disproportionate assets case more famously known as Jayalalithaa DA case was finally decided on Tuesday by the Supreme Court.
The court reversed the order of acquittal passed by the Karnataka high court and upheld the trial court order which convicted Jayalalithaa, Sasikala, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran.
Justice C S Karnan who is facing contempt charges defied the orders of the Supreme Court and refused to appear before it. He was directed to appear before a seven judge bench of the court on Monday.
The bench is currently debating how to deal with the defiance. The court has now given Karnan time till March 10 to reply to the contempt notice.
A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the governor to speed up process relating to the formation of a government in Tamil Nadu.
The petition alleges that there has been a delay on part of the governor in inviting the single largest party to form the government. The court is likely to hear the matter on Tuesday.
Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao is expected to consult with the speaker of the legislature assembly about the possibility of conducting a simultaneous floor. The possibility of such a test arises since there are two claimants to the post of chief minister in the state.
Both Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala have claimed that they have the numbers in the Tamil Nadu Legislative assembly. Both leaders also met with Rao on Thursday and staked a claim to form the government.