Jaya completes deposition in assets case

Jayalalithaa on Wednesday maintained the disproportionate asset case against her was "politically motivated" and "fabricated" at the instance of her rival DMK.

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2011, 17:16 PM IST

Bangalore: Winding up her deposition before
a special court here, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa
on Wednesday maintained the disproportionate asset case against her
was "politically motivated" and "fabricated" at the instance
of her rival DMK.

Appearing for the fourth time since last month before
special judge B M Mallikarjunaiah in the 15-year-old case,
she completed answering 1,339 questions framed by the judge,
who recorded her statement in the closed door hearing held at
the high-security makeshift court hall at Parapana Agrahara on
the city outskirts.

Jayalalithaa, who had replied to 580 questions yesterday,
fielded the remaining 192 today, special public prosecutor B V
Acharya told reporters after the more than three-hour-long
proceedings.

"With today`s deposition she has answered all the 1,339
questions which were framed by the court under section 313 of
CrPC (relating to recording of statement)," he said.

The AIADMK supremo had appeared before the court on
October 20 and 21 when she replied to about 571 questions.

She deposed in the court yesterday for the third time
after Supreme Court rejected her plea for exemption from
personal appearance and seeking permission to submit written
answers.

Apparently relieved at the completion of the deposition,
Jayalalithaa who emerged out of the court greeted the
onlookers with folded hands and sporting a smile as she drove
to the airport en route to Chennai.

During today`s proceedings, Jayalalithaa also filed "a
very detailed" statement along with several documents in
addition to her deposition, he said adding in her statement
she had asserted the case was fabricated at the instance of
DMK which was in power in 1997. "Therefore it is a politically
motivated case."

Acharya said the court adjourned the next hearing in the
case to November 29 when it will record the statements of the
other three accused including Jayalalithaa`s close aide
Sasikala, at the regular special court in the city.

PTI