The AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa and a youth organisation seeking an order for a CBI investigation into the death of the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, and warned that it would fine them if they pressed the plea further.
“What are we supposed to do here? You have filed a petition under Article 32 (violation of fundamental rights of citizens by the State) of the Constitution… We will dismiss these petitions and if you press it further, we will impose costs on you,” a Bench of Justices P.C. Ghose and Rohinton F. Nariman said.
The hearing began with the lawyer for the Tamil Nadu Telugu Yuva Sakthi submitting that Jayalalithaa died under “mysterious” circumstances and it was up to the apex court to address allegations raised in several quarters that there was some foul play. He said the Court should order a CBI probe and then monitor it.
On the backfoot, the lawyer then sought the Bench’s permission to move the High Court.
“You can do whatever you want… We will not say anything for you,“ Justice Ghose responded.
Justice Ghose is the lead judge of the Bench that heard Karnataka’s appeal against the acquittal of Jayalalithaa, current AIADMK general secretary V.K. Sasikala and two others in a disproportionate assets case. The judgment has been reserved for the past several months.