Another Madras HC judge recuses from Jaya gift case
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Last Updated: Friday, August 27, 2010, 23:32
Chennai: Another judge of the Madras High Court on Friday recused himself from hearing a petition by AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa seeking to quash the 1996 'birthday gift case' filed by CBI against her.

The recusal by Justice T Mathivanan comes four days after Justice C T Selvam withdrew himself from hearing the petition after Jayalalithaa filed a memo stating that the judge had appeared against her when he was additional public prosecutor for the state government.

The former Tamil Nadu chief minister wanted the petition to be listed before some other judge. She had sought to quash the case citing 'inordinate and unexplained delay'.

On August 23, when the petition came up for hearing, Justice Selvam directed that it be placed before the Chief Justice for posting before another judge.

Accordingly, the petition was posted before Justice Mathivanan, but he also declined to hear it. The Judge did not state any reason for recusing himself from the case.

According to CBI, on the occasion of her birthday in 1992 Jayalalithaa had accepted 89 demand drafts worth Rs two crore from 57 people drawn on various banks favouring her.

The CBI claimed that two former AIADMK ministers K A Shengottaiyan and Alagu Thirunavukarasu had also presented her with DDs for Rs 22.53 lakh and Rs 22.50 lakh respectively.


First Published: Friday, August 27, 2010, 23:32

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