A bench of justices Madan B Lokur and R Banumathi also asked the high court, which on March 11 had reserved the judgement on appeals of the AIADMK chief and others against their conviction, not to pronounce the verdict till April 15.

The court further said that it will pronounce its judgement on the DMK leader's plea on April 15.

Earlier, during the day, senior advocates Fali S Nariman, appearing for Jayalalithaa, and K T S Tulsi, who represented other convicts, and T R Adhyarijina, the lawyer for Anbazhagan, concluded their rejoinder arguments in the case.

The DMK leader has sought removal of the SPP, raising questions about his impartiality as prosecutor in the case.

The court had refused to stay the appeal proceedings then going on before the high court.

Referring to earlier order of the Apex Court, Andhyarujina said, "Here is a special public prosecutor who is hand in glove with an accused."

"The legal question is whether Bhawani Singh, whose appointment was limited to conduct the trial, can claim to come and appear in appellate court and say that I am the PP," he said, adding that it is "strange" that the convict is supporting him.

Andhyarujina said the earlier order had made it clear that transferee state Karnataka and not transferor state Tamil Nadu will appoint the public prosecutor in the case.

"The appointment for appearing in the high court has been done by Tamil Nadu," he said.

Nariman, counsel for Jayalalithaa, had come out strongly in support of the SPP saying, "Bhawani Singh is not an intruder. He has a notification in his favour and in such matters, the de-facto doctrine also comes in his favour."

He had said the apex court, in 2013, had quashed a notification of the state government removing Singh as SPP and as a consequence, the earlier notification appointing him as the SPP, remained.

On October 17, the apex court had granted conditional bail to Jayalalithaa who was sent to jail by a trial court on September 27.

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