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Jaya appears for disproportionate asset case

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BANGALORE: Deposing for the third time before a special court here in the disproportionate assets case, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday fielded questions relating to firms in which she was a “dormant partner” and the extravagant wedding of her estranged foster son. The closed-door hearing in the 15-year-old case at the makeshift court hall at the Parapana Agrahara Central Jail on city outskirts held amid tight security remained inconclusive and she would continue her deposition on Wednesday. Appearing before special judge B M Mallikarjunaiah, the AIADMK supremo faced 580 questions on Tuesday, taking the total queries answered so far to 1,147 with 192 still left.

Briefing reporters on the proceedings, Special Public Prosecutor B V Acharya said the questioning began at 11 am and went on till 5.20 pm. “The case has been adjourned to tomorrow. Probably by noon tomorrow, the entire proceedings relating to questioning will get over,” Acharya said. “…some of the questions related to the wedding expenses of Sudhakaran (her estranged adopted son). According to the prosecution, nearly Rs 6 crore was spent on Sudhakaran’s wedding. Jayalalithaa explained she had not spent a single pie and the entire expenses were incurred by the bride’s family.” Acharya said the questions on Tuesday related to acquisition of property by the companies of which she was a “dormant partner and was not related to the day-to-day activities. Therefore, she said she has no knowledge of the acquisitions of those companies”. Acharya said, as far as her bank transactions were concerned, “she admitted that all are true and on questioning on the accounts of the companies, she pleaded ignorance.” Senior counsel representing Jayalalithaa, B Kumar said “nearly 580 questions were put. Questioning is incomplete, she will be appearing on Wednesday at 11 am to take the remaining questions.” (PTI)

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