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Jayalalitha again deposes in illegal assets case

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Updated: November 22, 2011, 10:05 PM IST
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Jayalalitha again deposes in illegal assets case
BANGALORE: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalitha Tuesday appeared in the special court on the city's outskirts amid tight secu..

BANGALORE: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalitha Tuesday appeared in the special
court on the city's outskirts amid tight security and deposed for the
third time in the Rs.66 crore disproportionate assets case against her.
As
the deposition was inconclusive, special judge B.M. Mallikarjunaiah
directed Jayalalitha to appear in the court again Wednesday to answer
the remaining 192 of the 1,339 queries framed in the 15-year-old case
after she responded to 580 questions during the day-long hearing.
Though
Jayalalitha replied to 567 questions in the first two hearings Oct
20-21, the judge posted the case to Nov 8 for recording her answers to
the remaining 769 questions.
After the Supreme Court rejected her
special plea for exemption from further appearance and sought
permission to file written replies, the trial court posted the case to
Tuesday.
"Many of the questions in today's (Tuesday) deposition
pertained to acquisition of properties by firms in which Jayalalitha was
a dormant partner and the extravagant wedding of her foster son V.
Sudhakaran," special public prosecutor B.V. Acharya told reporters
later.
When the prosecution stated that about Rs.6 crore was
spent on the lavish wedding, Jayalalitha refuted the charge and told the
judge that as the entire expenses were borne by the bride's family, she
did not spend a single rupee.
The AIADMK supremo, who was
accompanied by her friend Sasikala Natarajan and Sudhakaran to the city,
returned to Chennai by a special aircraft later in the day.
As
the high-profile chief minister comes under Z plus security, city police
clamped prohibitory order and imposed section 144 of the Criminal
Procedure Code (CrPC) in the area around the make-shift court hall near
the Parappanna Agrahara central jail in the south-eastern suburb of the
city.
The case was filed in a Chennai court in 1996 soon after
Jayalalitha lost power but was transferred by the apex court to
Bangalore in 2003 for fair and free trial at the request of the then
opposition party (DMK) when she became chief minister for the second
time in 2001.

First Published: November 22, 2011, 10:05 PM IST
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