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Jun 17, 2017 11:27 AM IST | Source: PTI

PIL in High Court seeks to auction or sell Jaya's immovable properties

The petitioner said the Court had only abetted the sentence of Jayalalithaa in view of her demise, but the Rs 100 crore fine and a direction to confiscate her properties remained in force.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in Madras High Court seeking to auction or sell immovable properties of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to realise the Rs 100 crore fine slapped on her by the Supreme Court in a graft case.

When the petition by C Kumaran of Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam came up today, a bench comprising Justices M Sathyanarayanan and M Sundar, directed the petitioner to place before it legal submissions on entertaining his plea.

It then adjourned the matter to July 7.

Referring to the Supreme Court order in the Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate wealth case, the petitioner said the Court had only abetted the sentence of Jayalalithaa in view of her demise, but the Rs 100 crore fine and a direction to confiscate her properties remained in force.

On Karnataka government's demand for payment of Rs 12 crore towards expenses incurred on the trial, the petitioner submitted that it cannot be paid from the government exchequer and instead should be collected from the convicts.

Hence, he prayed for a direction to the authorities to auction or sell Jayalalithaa's immovable and movable properties as per the trial court and apex court orders.

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (AIADMK) chief V K Sasikala and three others who were convicted, are presently lodged in Parappana Agrahara central jail in Bengaluru.
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