Plea filed by defence in Jaya case posted for orders to Jan 29

A special court on Thursday posted for orders to January 29 applications filed by defence counsel in the disproportionate assets case against former TN CM Jayalalithaa.

Last Updated: Jan 27, 2011, 21:31 PM IST

Bangalore: A special court on Thursday posted
for orders to January 29 applications filed by defence counsel
in the disproportionate assets case against former Tamil Nadu
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, seeking correction of "defects"
in translated version of documents.

Defence counsel Navaneetha Krishnan, who was directed
by Special Judge B M Mallikarjunaiah to point out "defects and
mistakes in the translated evidences one last time" on January
19, filed two applications.
The first sought correction of defects pointed out in
the evidence of the 44 recalled witnesses out of the total
259, while the second sought extension of six months time to
point out the defects in all the translated evidence.

Krishnan also submitted orally that the prosecution
had taken one year to translate the documents from Tamil to
English taking the help of 25 translators and it was "not
humanly possible to point out the defects and furnish the
correct version in a short time".

Assistant Special Public Prosecutor Sandesh Chowta
filed objections stating that the defence had been seeking
extension of time "only to protract the proceedings and has
been seeking adjournment on some grounds or the other."

Terming the application as "highly speculative,
frivolous, vexatious and not bonafide", he stated that
sufficient time had already been granted and translated copies
furnished to each one of the accused in 2005 itself.

"The court finally granted time to point out the
defects, if any, till today and there is no justification to
grant any further time," he said.
Chowta also submitted that translation of evidence
already on record "is correct" and "whenever necessary,
prosecution has no objection for this court to take into
consideration, at the appropriate stage, the translation
furnished by the accused in the application.

"Similarly, in case of omissions, translated version
furnished by the accused in the above application may be taken
into consideration."

The application (seeking extension of time) may be
dismissed in the interest of justice and equity and the case
posted for recording of the statements of the accused under
CrPC section 313 (power to examine the accused), he submitted.

After hearing the defence and prosecution, Judge
Malliakarjunaiah posted the applications for orders to January
29.

PTI