BANGALORE: Special Judge A.S. Pachhapure, who is trying the disproportionate assets case against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and four others, has been transferred. A.T. Munnoli has been posted in his place.
A notification to this effect was issued by the Karnataka High Court. It also said Vishwanath Virupax Angadi would take over from Mr. Munnoli as the Special Judge hearing the fake stamp paper case against Abdul Kareem Telgi.
Mr. Angadi is the presiding officer of the Karnataka State Transport Appellate Authority. Kotravva Somappa Mudagal has been appointed in Mr. Angadi’s place.
Mr. Pachhapure took charge as Registrar-General on Wednesday and the others are expected to assume office soon. Mr. Pachhapure was relieved of the post of Special Judge on Tuesday evening. Principal City Civil and Sessions Judge Aralli Nagaraj had been asked by the High Court to ensure that he handed over charge to another judge till a regular judge was appointed.
Mr. Munnoli will be the second judge to preside over the disproportionate assets case against Ms. Jayalalithaa and four others — Sasikalaa Natarajan, T.T.V. Dinakaran, Sudhagaran and Illavarasi.
On Tuesday evening, Mr. Pachhapure handed over charge to Sessions Judge Krishnappa.
On December 27, 2003, Mr. Pachhapure, then Registrar (Vigilance), Karnataka High Court, was appointed Special Judge of the Special Court to try two disproportionate assets cases against the five persons.
The Special Judge and Special Court was constituted on the direction of the Supreme Court which, on November 18, 2003, had ordered the transfer of two disproportionate assets cases from a Chennai special court to the Special Court in Bangalore.
The Special Court had posted to January 21 hearing of the Jayalalithaa case.The case will have to be adjourned as the Supreme Court has stayed further proceedings.