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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict in an appeal filed by the Karnataka government against Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa’s acquittal in a disproportionate assets case.

A bench comprising justices Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Amitava Roy held daily hearings in the case for over three months.

On 27 July, the apex court issued notices to Jayalalithaa and three others to file their replies following the Karnataka government’s appeal against their acquittal by the Karnataka high court.

A special court in Bengaluru had on 27 September 2014 convicted Jayalalithaa, N. Sasikala Natarajan, V.N. Sudhakaran and J. Elavarasi for amassing wealth disproportionate to their income when Jayalalithaa was chief minister of Tamil Nadu between 1991 and 1996.

The court had sentenced her to four years’ imprisonment and imposed a fine of 100 crore.

The Karnataka high court on 11 May 2015 overruled the conviction, allowing Jayalalithaa to return as chief minister. The high court cited an error in computing the disproportionate assets and said they did not exceed the 10% of the stated income limit which warrants conviction.

Apart from the Karnataka government (the prosecuting agency and the appellants) the court also heard an intervening application by Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy.

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