Jaya appears for disproportionate assets case

Jayalalithaa on Tuesday fielded questions relating to firms in which she was a "dormant partner" and the extravagant wedding of her estranged foster son.

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2011, 00:46 AM IST

Bangalore: Deposing for the third time
before a special court here in the disproportionate assets
case, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday fielded
questions relating to firms in which she was a "dormant
partner" and the extravagant wedding of her estranged foster
son.

The closed-door hearing in the 15-year-old case at the
makeshift court hall at the Parapana Agrahara Central Jail on
city outskirts held amid tight security remained inconclusive
and she would continue her deposition tomorrow.

Appearing before special judge B M Mallikarjunaiah, the
AIADMK supremo faced 580 questions today, taking the total
queries answered so far to 1,147 with 192 still left.

Briefing reporters on the proceedings, Special Public
Prosecutor B V Acharya said the questioning began at 11 am and
went on till 5.20 pm.

"The case has been adjourned to tomorrow. Probably by
noon tomorrow, the entire proceedings relating to questioning
will get over," Acharya said.

"...some of the questions related to the wedding expenses
of Sudhakaran (her estranged adopted son). According to the
prosecution, nearly Rs 6 crore was spent on Sudhakaran`s
wedding. Jayalalithaa explained she had not spent a single pie
and the entire expenses were incurred by the bride`s family."

Acharya said most of the questions today related to
acquisition of property by the companies of which she was a
"dormant partner and was not related to the day-to-day
activities. Therefore, she said she has no knowledge of the
acquisitions of those companies".

PTI