DMK leader K. Anbazhagan has refuted the basis of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha challenging his locus standi to move for appeal in the Supreme Court against her acquittal in a disproportionate assets case. The appeal was against the acquittal of Ms. Jayalalithaa and three other co-accused – N. Sasikala, V.N. Sudhakaran and J. Elavarasi.
Anbazhagan, through his counsel V.G. Pragasam, pleaded that the statement by the Chief Minister that he had no role in the current appeal proceedings in the apex court was made in deliberate ignorance of the antecedents by which the accused was prosecuted in Karnataka at his instance.
He went on that it was at the instance of this petitioner that the Supreme Court transferred the prosecution of the said accused from Tamil Nadu to the State of Karnataka as this court held that there was a total subversion of the course of justice in the trial being conducted in Tamil Nadu.
He added that his role as her political opponent was touched upon by the Supreme Court, which said that political rivals were the watchdogs of the government in power.