Friday, October 21, 2011

Jayalalithaa assets case: recording of statements resumes in court

BANGALORE, October 21, 2011(Tehelkanews)

The recording of statements of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa before the Special Court, which is trying the disproportionate assets case, resumed on Friday morning at Gandhi Bhavan, on the City's outskirts.

Ms. Jayalalithaa, who had recorded her statements before the Special Court Judge B.M. Mallikarjunaiah on Thursday, reached Gandhi Bhavan in Parappana Agrahara where a temporary court has been set up for the case. Her convoy comprising about 20 vehicles took about 30 minutes to reach the venue from the HAL Airport where her special aircraft landed at 10 a.m.

Her friend and aide Sasikala, and Ilavarasi, the two other accused in the case, travelled with her while another accused T.V. Sudhakaran had reached the court earlier. The Tamil Nadu Finance Minister, O. Paneerselvam, also arrived in the court.

While a battery of lawyers led by B. Kumar is defending her in the case, four, led by Karnataka Advocate General B.V. Acharya, is representing the prosecution.

Ms. Jayalalitha, on Friday, will be recording her statements for the questions by the prosecution, prepared on the basis of evidence given by 252 witnesses.

On Thursday, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister had recorded her statement to 379 questions posed by the prosecution, and these questions had been drawn on the basis of evidence provided by 92 prosecution witnesses.

Situation calm

In contrast with scenes outside the court on Thursday, the situation was calm on Friday morning when her convoy drew up. The crowd, including several hundred All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party activists and advocates, milled around the area on Thursday. There was hardly any crowd waiting to see her on Friday morning.

A handful of lawyers, who gathered on the main road, cheered as Ms. Jayalalithaa's convoy passed by and a few of them even prostrated when they sighted her SUV.

Party sources said that most Ministers, legislators and Members of Parliament had been told by the party high command to stay away from Parappana Agrahara and remain in their constituency in view of the results of local body elections to be announced on Friday.

Even the number of police on duty at Parappana Agrahara deployed for security reasons had been scaled down on Friday. However, like Thursday, people were barred from entering the road leading up to Gandhi Bhavan, and the media has been stopped nearly a kilometre away from the venue

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