Jaya cannot be termed a convict in assets case Madras HCJaya cannot

first_img COMMENT corruption & bribery SHARE SHARE EMAIL Tamil Nadu January 23, 2019 courts and legalcenter_img COMMENTS The Madras High Court on Wednesday held that former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa cannot be termed a convict in a disproportionate assets case and dismissed a petition challenging the construction of a memorial for her on the ground that she was one.A Division Bench of justices M Sathyanarayanan and P Rajamanickam made the observation and dismissed the petition by ML Ravi, president of Desiya Makkal Sakthi Katchi, seeking a direction to restrain the Tamil Nadu government from spending money from the public exchequer for construction of the memorial.The petitioner also said steps should be taken to recover money if it was spent by the government from her property, citing that she was convicted in the disproportionate wealth case.‘Stigma of conviction’The Bench observed that before the orders could be passed by the Supreme Court on the appeals filed against the Karnataka High Court order, Jayalalithaa breathed her last and therefore, the appeal against her acquittal came to be dismissed as abated.“It is to be remembered at this juncture that the said person had already had the benefit of acquittal operating in her favour and in the light of the judgment of the HC, the stigma of conviction against her got erased, which has not been set aside by the apex court on merits for the reason that before the orders could be pronounced, she died.“Therefore, it cannot be said that Jayalalithaa was a convicted person and as such, there is a stigma of conviction attached to her,” the judges said. Published on SHARElast_img

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