Court turns down Sasikala`s plea for adjournment

Last Updated: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 21:49

Bangalore: The special court trying the wealth case against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, on Thursday turned down the plea of Sasikala Natarajan, her estranged aide and co-accused in the case, seeking adjournment till March 6 for further recording of her statement.
When counsel for Sasikala filed an application seeking adjournment since a Special Leave Petition on the matter was scheduled to come up before the Supreme Court today, Judge B M Mallikarjunaiah rejected it.
Most of the questions that Sasikala answered today pertained to various properties including her Payyanoor Bungalow, her properties in T Nagar, Anna Nagar and Mylapore in Chennai. She alleged that the witnesses, who had been examined, had given an exaggerated valuation of the properties under police pressure.

When Sasikala gave lengthy explanations while answering the questions, the Judge intervened and asked her counsel, C Manishankhar, whether he was "satisfied with the lengthy explanations which are not just explanations but interpretations.

You are there to argue the case on her behalf. All these facts can be brought then".
At this, Manishankhar said in some cases where questions are long-winded, explanations are necessary.

In all, Sasikala replied to 47 questions, taking the total number of questions answered to 294 today out of the over 1,000 questions framed by the court.

The case related to alleged accumulation of wealth disproportionate to her known sources of income when Jayalalithaa was the chief minister earlier from 1991-95 and
had been transferred to Bangalore by the Supreme Court.

Sasikala, a long-time associate of Jayalalithaa, was recently expelled from AIADMK along with her close relatives, including her husband, amid reports of their alleged
interference in state administration and party affairs.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 21:49

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