Special court rejects defence counsel application in Jaya case

A special court on Saturday rejected application filed by the defence counsel seeking more time to point out "defects" in the evidences of all 259 witnesses in the trial of the disproportionate assets case against Jayalalithaa.

Updated: Jan 29, 2011, 18:03 PM IST

Bangalore: A special court on Saturday rejected
application filed by the defence counsel seeking more time to
point out "defects" in the translated evidences of all the 259
witnesses in the trial of the disproportionate assets case
against former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.
Rejecting application filed by defence counsel Navaneetha
Krishnan on January 27, special court Judge B M
Mallikarjunaiah, however, stated that wherever corrections are
necessary, it will be taken into consideration at an
appropriate stage.

Meanwhile, the judge directed the interpreter K S Harish to
"have a look" at the "defects" pointed out by the defence in
the translated evidences of 44 witnesses (out of the 259) and
compare it with the original version (in Tamil) and if any
mistakes are found, furnish the "mistakes, omissions" before
the court in a week`s time.

Earlier, when special public prosecutor B V Acharya
requested that the case be posted for questioning under 313
CrPC (under which the accused is required to appear before the
court), the judge stated it was "not necessary at present" and
posted the case to February 8 for further proceedings.
On January 27, the defence counsel had submitted that since
the prosecution had taken one year to translate the documents
from Tamil to English with the help of 25 translators and they
would need at least six months to point out the defects and
give the correct version of the translated evidences of all
the witnesses.

This was termed as "highly speculative and frivolous" by the
prosecution which contended that sufficient time had already
been granted and there was no justification to grant further
time.

PTI