Jayalalithaa DA case: Won't drop prosecutor without High Court's nod, says Karnataka

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The Karnataka government Friday backtracked on its decision to directly remove the special public prosecutor in the corruption case against Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa.

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The government's counsel, Attorney General G E Vahanvati, informed the SC that it will withdraw the August 26 notification to take G Bhavani Singh off the case as it was issued without consulting the Chief Justice of the Karnataka HC. He told a bench led by Justice B S Chauhan that the file on Singh's removal and a fresh list of names of senior lawyers would soon be sent to the chief justice for his approval.

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In his submission, Vahanvati mentioned that then acting chief justice of Karnataka had accepted the resignation of B V Acharya as the prosecutor and appointed Singh earlier this year even though Acharya was not among the four names recommended for appointment.

Vahanvati, however, did not mention whether Singh would be reinstated. Singh, in his response to the court, had said he would want to continue as the prosecutor in the case, which is being heard in a court in Bangalore.

Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for DMK leader K Anbazhagan, on whose plea the SC had transferred the case from Tamil Nadu to Bangalore in 2003, contended Singh should not reinstated.

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