Bengaluru, June 01, 2015: John Michael Cunha, the Special Judge of the trial court who convicted Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in a disproportionate assets case, was on Monday appointed as the Registrar General of the state High Court by the Karnataka government.
Judge Cunha, now holding the post of Registrar (Vigilance), High Court of Karnataka, will come in place of B A Patil who has been transferred, a government order said.
On September 27 last year, Mr Cunha had held Jayalalithaa and three others guilty of corruption in the 19-year-old disproportionate assets case and sentenced them to four years in prison.
The verdict had resulted in Ms Jayalalithaa losing the chief minister’s post as she was disqualified under the Representation of the People Act from contesting elections for a period of ten years - four years from the date of conviction and six years thereafter.
Since her conviction was overturned by the Karnataka High Court on May 11, the AIADMK chief returned as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for the fifth time on May 23.