Jaya doesn’t want to reappear in court, moves SC

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 11:54

New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J
Jayalalithaa today moved the Supreme Court challenging the
Bangalore trial court`s order directing her to appear before
it again on November 8 in a disproportionate assets case.

Challenging the order, the AIADMK chief alleged in her
petition that as per the apex court`s direction she had
already appeared before the court on October 20 and 21 and she
cannot be summoned again.

She pleaded that as per the apex court`s order she was
supposed to personally appear before the trial court only once
and she cannot be forced to appear before it again.

The trial of the disproportionate assets case, allegedly
involving accumulation of assets worth over Rs 66 crore by
Jayalalithaa between 1991 and 1996 is going on in Bangalore
court.

The DA case proceedings were shifted out of Tamil Nadu by
the apex court after she feared she might be denied a fair
trial in Tamil Nadu due to state`s erstwhile DMK government,
which she had accused of implicating her in false cases.

The trial court had on October 21 directed her to appear
again on November 8, saying that her questioning remained
inconclusive. During two days of hearing on October 20 and 21,
she had answered 567 questions.

While answering the trial court`s questions, the chief
minister had said that the jewellery and other articles seized
from her have been "over valued" and prayed for "revaluation".

She had said that the jewellery, silverware and footwear
have been over valued by Tamil Nadu`s Directorate of Vigilance
and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) and she did not own all the sarees
confiscated.

DVAC has given "totally inflated figure" on the value of
sarees, she had told the special court during recording of
evidence.

Jayalalithaa disputed that huge assets have been acquired
by various companies, in which she was only a "silent partner"
and pleaded her ignorance about them.

Her appearance before the trial court followed a Supreme
Court order of October 19, rejecting her plea to postpone the
hearing against her by a few days.

The apex court had directed the Karnataka government to
provide her adequate security when she had to appear before
the trial court on October 20 and 21.

Police had made massive security arrangements for
Jayalalithaa, who enjoys `Z plus` category security status.

Jayalalithaa had said that she was "under a threat
perception" and hence the hearing in the trial court should be
deferring by at least a few days and also to get the venue of
the proceedings shifted closer to the airport.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 10:39

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