Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday reserved orders on BJP leader Subramanian Swamy's application seeking permission to implead himself in Jayalalithaa's appeal against her conviction in the disproportionate assets case.
Swamy, who first moved a Chennai court against Jayalalithaa accusing her of amassing disproportionate wealth, had filed the application on January 24.
As soon as the Special Bench of Justice C R Kumaraswamy assembled, Swamy submitted that he was the original complainant and should be allowed to implead in the case under the provisions of Section 5 (3) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
"I am the original complainant and I am in complete hold of the case. Therefore, it is left to the discretion of the honourable judge to allow me to implead in the case," he contended.
The Special Bench has been set up on the direction of the Supreme Court which had said on on December 18, last year that Jayalalithaa?s plea challenging her conviction in the disproportionate assets case be decided within three months.
Swamy also questioned the credentials of Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Bhavani Singh, who was absent on two crucial occasions during the hearing of Jayalalithaa's bail plea in the Supreme Court.
"Since the prosecution was taking its course, I did not find it necessary to implead in the case for many years, but decided in its favour after I became apprehensive when the SPP remained absent during the hearing of Jayalalithaa's bail plea in apex court," he said.
The BJP leader further submitted that he wants to implead in the case to assist the court for the sake of justice and would make written submissions at the final stages of the arguments.