Karnataka HC reserves orders in Jaya case

Karnataka HC reserved its orders on a petition by Jayalalithaa, challenging the trial court order rejecting her plea for fresh translation of documents from Tamil to English in a disproportionate assets case.

Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court today
reserved its orders on a petition by former Tamil Nadu Chief
Minister Jayalalithaa, challenging the trial court order
rejecting her plea for fresh translation of documents from
Tamil to English in a disproportionate assets case.

Special Public Prosecutor B V Acharya in his arguments
contended that trial should go on without prejudice to any
person. Justice Subhash Adi intervened to observe "in fairness
of the trial, there has to be correct and proper translation.

There must be an opportunity to the accused to point out the
mistakes".

Acharya said translated copies were given to all
accused in March 2005 and suggested that Jayalalithaa`s
counsel name a person who would give the correct translation.
"But the trial should go on."

Justice Adi asked Jayalalitha`s counsel Navaneetha
Krishnan to point out the mistakes and give the correct
translation, "which will be accepted, subject to
verification".

"The entire thing cannot be scrapped. It is
voluminous. Point out the mistakes so that these can be
corrected. Let the trial of the 42 witnesses who have been
recalled go on in open court with a translator appointed by
the court," he said.

Jayalalithaa`s counsel however objected, submitting
that cross examination of witnesses was not correct without
complete translation of documents.

Justice Adi then reserved orders on the petition.

-PTI

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