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Supreme Court refuses to initiate proceedings against Jayalalithaa in DA case

The Supreme Court today refused to initiate proceedings against late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in a disproportionate assets (DA) case. The Supreme Court gave its judgment in response to the plea filed by Karnataka government, which had requested the court to review its earlier verdict wherein the court had abated proceedings against Jayalalithaa in the DA case. The reason for the abatement was that Jayalalithaa was no longer alive and proceedings cannot be initiated against a dead person.

Karnataka government had argued in its plea that if the proceedings against Jayalalithaa were abated, it would pose a challenge to the recovery of Rs 100 crore fine imposed on Jayalalithaa. However, the Supreme Court said that the fine can still be recovered even without initiating proceedings against Jayalalithaa.

Announcing its judgment, a bench of Justices PC Ghose and Amitava Roy said, “We have considered the review petitions filed by the State of Karnataka on merits. In our opinion, no case for review of our order dated February 14, 2017 is made out. Consequently, the review petitions are dismissed on merits.” It may be recalled that earlier in February, the Supreme Court had convicted AIADMK chief VK Sasikala and two others in the DA case, whereas proceedings against Jayalalithaa were abated.

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