The Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in Karnataka has been sitting for a week on a letter sent by the Advocate General recommending an appeal against the acquittal of Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa.
On May 14, special public prosecutor BV Acharya had written to Advocate General Ravivarma Kumar in which he provided reasons for why Jayalalithaa’s acquittal by the Karnataka high court was erroneous.
Two days after he received the letter, Kumar shot off a letter to Siddaramaiah and the law department in which he strongly recommended an appeal against the verdict.
Siddaramaiah remained non committal to HT in a response conveyed through his office on the question of the appeal.
He said the file was pending clearance at the law department and his government was under no pressure from the Congress high command. He was responding to the allegation made by leader of Opposition in the legislative council, KS Eswarappa, who said the Congress high command had instructed Siddaramaiah to protect Jayalalithaa.