Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M
Karunanidhi said AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa has a
responsibility to explain to the people, details of the Rs 66
crore disproportionate asset case, after the Supreme Court
today dismissed her petition seeking quashing of the case.
Jayalalithaa had resorted to the practice of seeking
adjournments on one pretext or other in the case, which had
dragged on for 13 years, Karunanidhi said in a statement here,
adding that the delay was "unheard of in legal history".
He said even after the Supreme Court had directed that
all documents relating to the disproportionate wealth case be
transferred by the state government to the Bangalore Special
Court within six weeks, the then AIADMK government took nearly
two years to do so.
Though enquiry commenced in the special court as per the
Apex Court`s direction, Jayalalithaa did not appear for four
hearings despite the judge expressing strong disapproval over
the absence of the five accused and the frequent adjournments,
Jayalalithaa was even now resorting to the practice of
seeking adjournments, he charged.
"Justice can be delayed by making use of the legal
nuances, but justice cannot be averted or cheated permanently.
Time will definitely teach this," the chief minister said.
The Supreme Court bench, comprising Justices B Sudershan
Reddy and S S Nijjar dismissed Jayalalithaa`s plea that the
Karnataka High Court had erred while holding that the trial
court order taking cognisance of the complaint on June 5,
1997, did not suffer from any illegality or irregularity.