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Cops inflated assets value: Jayalalithaa

[IBNLIVE, Saturday, 22 October 2011 09:38 No Comment]

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa stated before the Special Court at Parappana Agrahara on Friday that much of the silverware recovered during the search at her residence was kept by the police.

She also stated before the court that the 750 pairs of footware, which were shown as seized articles by the police, did not belong to her. She also said her jewels were overvalued by the police, and she requested the court for a fresh valuation of the seized assets.

Jayalalithaa, who came to city for the second consecutive day in a special aircraft, appeared before the court and answered about 188 questions asked by Judge B M Mallikarjunaiah. She has, so far, answered 567 questions in two days out of 1,339 questions.

Special Public Prosecutor B V Acharya told the media that the judge had recorded the statements on the questions based on 150 prosecution witnesses and the remaining questions based on 151 to 259 prosecution witnesses were yet to be answered by the Tamil Nadu chief minister.

Further proceedings in the case were posted to November 8. “After recording statements on all questions, the judge will start recording statements of the co-accused in the case, including Sasikala, Sudhakaran and Illavarasan.

Acharya said Jayalalithaa requested the judge to finalise the trial as the Supreme Court had given two days time to record the statements. But the judge asked Jayalalithaa to appear before the court on Saturday, and she said she had to attend the CMs’ meeting in Delhi on Saturday. When the judge asked her to come to the court on November 4, she said she had to attend some government programmes and finally the judge decided to post the hearing to November 8.

The court proceedings commenced on Friday exactly at 11 am and ended at 5 pm, with a one-hour lunch break. To many questions about assets acquired by various companies, she replied that she was only a silent partner and pleaded ignorance over those facts.

Acharya said she had been accused of owning up to 15 companies, agricultural lands, buildings, etc, during her previous term as CM. But she said many of the firms were in partnership of Sasikala, Sudhakaran and Illavarasan, and she was only a silent partner in them.

She also said she had no dispute over the jewellery she had, but most of the items were in her possession even before she became the CM. Later, she had reshaped many of them, she added.

Back to Supreme Court

Bangalore: Now again, the Rs 66-crore scam of illegal assets case against Jayalalithaa, will go back to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Special Court in Bangalore to complete the questioning within two days, but the latter could not complete the recording of statements of Friday. It has only recorded statements of Jayalalithaa on 567 questions of out of 1, 339 questions in two days time and it needs a few more days to come to decision.

B Kumar, Jayalalithaa’s advocate told mediapersons that he would move the SC seeking a directive on what needs to be done in such an event.� He said that he would do according to the Supreme Court’s directions.

Extravagant trial for city police

Bangalore: The city police have spent around Rs 30 lakh to provide security to Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, during her two-day visit to the city, to attend the court proceedings at Parappana Agrahara. Though the primary duty of the policemen is to serve the common man, around 1,500 police personnel of all ranks served the CM for her security. An official said that though she has Z+ security, the entire police force was on their toe as she came to city as an accused to attend trial in the court.

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