The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court rejected a plea from the State to condone the delay of over 1,000 days in filing an appeal challenging the discharge/acquittal of former DMK ministers K N Nehru, I Periyasamy, K S Mani, S Raghupathi and former Mayor Kulaindaivelu from the accumulation of assets disproportionate to their known sources of income cases registered by the DVAC.
“No case is made out for condoning the delay,” Justice Aruna Jagadeesan said, in her judgment delivered at the principal seat in Chennai, on Friday. The accused were discharged/acquitted from the assets case during 2006 and 2007. As there was over 1,000 days delay in filing the appeals, the State preferred the present petition to condone the delay. Holding that the petition only reflected the mala fide and political ill will against the accused, the judge dismissed it.