Citing inordinate delay in the trial of the disproportionate asset against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, former Advocate General B V Acharya on Tuesday resigned as special public prosecutor in the case.
He submitted his resignation letter to the principal secretary, home department, citing inordinate delay in the trial, which he said had caused a lot of strain and also various attempts to dislodge him from the post which had "hurt him to no end".
"I feel very happy and relieved that I am free from all responsibilities today," Acharya, a distinguished member of the Central Law Commission, told PTI.
"I accepted this assignment (SPP) seven years ago. I was hoping the case will be over in almost six months or almost one year. But even after seven years there is a long way to go before the trial is completed".
"As of now I am unable to withstand the strain which this post carries with it," he said, adding that "various attempts have been made to force me to quit including filing of a false complaint and getting an order of investigation in it".
"However, though the high court has quashed it, these developments have hurt me deeply, causing mental agony and embarrassment. Therefore I do not wish to continue".
The special court was constituted in Chennai on November 18, 2003 on orders of the Supreme Court to transfer the case from Tamil Nadu to Karnataka.