Jaya replies to 1,339 questions in assets case

Making her fourth appearance before a special court, Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa completed answering 1,339 questions framed by the judge.

Bangalore: Making her fourth appearance
before a special court here, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
Jayalalithaa today completed answering 1,339 questions framed
by the judge, contending that the disproportionate assets case
against her was "politically motivated" and "fabricated" at
the behest of her rival DMK.

Winding up her deposition before special judge B M
Mallikarjunaiah in the 15-year-old case, the 63-year-old
AIADMK supremo, who had responded to 580 questions yesterday,
fielded the remaining 192 today, taking the total number of
queries answered by her in four appearances to 1,339.
Jayalalithaa has been charged with accumulation of wealth
worth Rs 66 crore disproportionate to her known sources of
income when she was chief minister between 1991-96.

The trial was transferred from a Chennai court to
Bangalore in 2003 by the Supreme Court on a petition by DMK
General Secretary K Anbazhaga.

The chief minister recorded her statement in the closed
door hearing held at the high-security makeshift court hall at
Parapana Agrahara on the city outskirts, Special Public
Prosecutor B V Acharya told reporters after the more than
three-hour-long session.
"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.

Jayalalithaa had said that she did not want to
inconvenience the people of Bangalore and so wanted permission
to answer questions in writing. On November 4, the apex court
had turned down her appeal, but said she should be given a
date of her choice.


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