J Jayalalithaa, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, was wrongly found innocent in a corruption case, the Karnataka government said today in the Supreme Court, where it has challenged her acquittal, describing it as a “farce.”Ms Jayalalithaa returned to office as Chief Minister in May after she was found not guilty of amassing wealth that could not be accounted for by her declared sources of income during her first term as head of the state government in the early 90s.
The nearly two-decades-old case against the former movie star was transferred from Tamil Nadu to neighbouring Karnataka in 2003 to ensure the trial would not be impacted by the influence of either Ms Jayalalithaa or her political opponents. In May, the Karnataka High Court found that there was no evidence that while in office, Ms Jayalalithaa had accumulated more than s. 60 crore that could not be explained by her declared income. At the time, she famously drew s. 1 as a monthly salary. The judge said that her wealth had increased by about 10 per cent during her first term, which was permissible. In its appeal today, the Karnataka government has said the judge’s math was faulty.