BENGALURU: a city RTI Activist has written to Chief Justice of India and Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court asking for their intervention in disposal of perishables from late TN CM J Jayalalithaa who have been in court custody for 26 years.
These perishable goods are 11,344 saris, 250 shawls and 750 pairs of shoes.
They were seized in a disproportionate assets (DA) case faced by Jayalalithaa and others and the trial was held in the courts of Karnataka.
The properties were seized on 11 December 1996 from her residence in Poes Garden, Chennai, after a case was filed against her, her adopted son VN Sudhakaran, her associate VK Sasikala and Ilavarasi.
Subsequently, the SC transferred the case to a special court in Bangalore in November 2003, which found Jayalalithaa and the three guilty in September 2014.
Jaya’s seized properties stored in the treasury at Vidhana Soudha
Since November 2003, the seized goods have been stored at the Treasury in Vidhana Soudha.
In his application, activist T Narasimhamurthy listed 27 properties (inventory mahazars) seized in the case and labeled three of them – sarees, shawls and shoes – as perishable in nature and therefore the court should dispose of it as soon as possible, mainly through public auctions. .
“According to some textile experts, the folding of textile materials, especially sarees of any material, will fade and lose its quality eventually. Even the colors will deteriorate. The shawls will also become of poor quality. Similarly , leather shoes will lose their quality and strength.These materials are in the custody of the court for 26 years.Keep them under such circumstances, if not necessary for evidentiary purposes or other court requirements , will serve the public good in disposing of it,” he said in The Application.