DMK withdraws plea against Jayalalitha’s acquittal in graft case

February 18th, 2009 - 8:31 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) A DMK leader Wednesday withdrew from the Supreme Court his lawsuit challenging the the Madras High Court acquittal of former Tamil Nadu chief Minister J. Jayalalitha and her former cabinet colleague in a corruption case in 2001.
DMK legal cell secretary R. Sai Bharathi withdrew his lawsuit against Jayalalitha and T.M. Selvaganapathy from a bench of Justice Arijit Pasayat in the wake of Selvaganapathy joining the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu in August last year.

Selvaganapathy joined the DMK after he was expelled from the Jayalalitha’s AIADMK.

Bharathi withdrew his lawsuit, filed in January 2002, from the apex court saying that he does not have the time and energy to pursue the suit against the former chief minister when even the state government has failed to challenge her acquittal by the high court.

The bench, which also included Justice Lokeshwar Singh Panta and Justice P. Sathasivam, allowed Bharathi to withdraw his lawsuit.

A Chennai session court had in February 2000 convicted and sentenced Jayalalitha and four others, including Selvaganapathy, to one-year jail term each for legalising the unauthorised construction of the seven-storeyed Pleasant Stay Hotel at Kodaikanal when she was chief minister from 1991-96.

The others convicted are the state’s former Municipal Administration Secretary H.M. Pandey, the hotel’s executive director Rakesh Mittal and chairman Palai Shanmugam.

Acting on an appeal by Jayalalitha and the others, the Madras High Court acquitted them on Dec 4, 2001.

The state government did not challenge Jayalalitha’s conviction as it was her own government in the state when she was acquitted. The DMK legal secretary had come in appeal against her acquittal along with the others.

-Indo-Asian News Service

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