Madras HC upholds acquittal of Jayalalitha in TV scam

In some relief to AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa, the Madras High Court today upheld a lower court order acquitting her in the alleged multi-crore colour TV scam.

Chennai: In some relief to AIADMK chief
Jayalalithaa, the Madras High Court today upheld a lower court
order acquitting her in the alleged multi-crore colour TV scam
when she was in power between 1991 and 1996.

Justice M Jeyapaul also set aside the May 30, 2000
order of Special Judge V Radhakrishnan convicting former
AIADMK minister T M Selvaganapathy, former chief secretary N
Haribaskar and five others in the Rs 10.16-crore scam.

In his 93-page order, the judge held that the
prosecution had "miserably failed to establish by acceptable
evidence either directly or indirectly its case".

The trial court had "misconducted" itself and had
analysed the evidence in a "wrong" perspective, the judge
said, rejecting an appeal by the state government against
the acquittal of Jayalalithaa and two others including her
close friend Sasikala Natarajan.

The others whose conviction were set aside were former
state rural development secretary H M Pandey, former rural
development director M Satyamurthy, Selvaganapathy`s PA
Janathanan and two contractors, Doraisamy and Muthukumarasamy.

All the seven had filed appeals against their
conviction which was allowed by the court.

The special judge had found the seven guilty of
irregularities in the purchase and distribution of colour TV
sets in village panchayats and sentenced them to five years
RI each and fines ranging between Rs 10,000 and Rs 30,000.

Bureau Report

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