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Jayalalithaa to now appear in court Nov 22

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa will appear in a court here on Nov 22 to answer over 700 questions in a 15-year-old corruption case.

She was to appear in the court Tuesday but her lawyers sought another date.

Judge B. M. Mallikarjunaiah of the special court hearing the case, accepted the plea and directed her to appear on Nov 22 to answer remaining questions on how she acquired assets valued at around Rs. 66 crores when she was chief minister in 1991-96 after proclaiming that she was taking only Re.1 as salary per month.

She had on Oct 21 and Oct 22 answered over 570 questions Mallikarujnaiah had over her acquisition of assets.

On Oct 22, the judge had directed her to return Nov 8 to answer the remaining over 700 questions.

Jayalalithaa appealed to the Supreme Court against this directive but her plea to exempt her from personal appearance again was rejected.

The Supreme Court, however, allowed her to seek another date from Mallikarjunaiah if Nov 8 was not convenient to her.

The case was filed in 1996 soon after she lost power but was transferred to Bangalore in 2002 for fair and free trial.

She appeared in Bangalore court for the first time in October.

Three others accused in this case including Jayalalithaa’s constant companion Sashikala Natarajan, were present in the court Tuesday.


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