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Jayalalithaa to appear on Nov 22 in Bangalore court

Bengaluru, Nov 8, () TN CM Dr Jayalalithaa did not attend the case in the special court even as her aide Sasikala appeared. She moved an application seeking postponement of the hearing. Bangalore court today said she must appear for final hearing on November 22 in connection with disproportionate assets case against her

Supreme Court judges have said that the Bangalore court must finish its questioning of the Chief Minister at her next appearance. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister then filed an appeal in the Supreme Court asking to be excused from the hearing. She said she did not want to inconvenience the people of Bangalore and sought permission to answer questions in writing. The top court turned down her appeal, but said she should be given a date of her choice. Around 1500 policemen, National Security Guard (NSG) commandos and a convoy of 20 cars escorted the Chief Minister along a 60-km route from the HAL airport to Bangalore’s Central Prison.

The trial of the disproportionate assets case, allegedly involving accumulation of assets worth over Rs. 66 crore by Jayalalithaa between 1991 and 1996 is going on in Bangalore court. The DA case proceedings were shifted out of Tamil Nadu by the apex court after she feared she might be denied a fair trial in Tamil Nadu due to state’s erstwhile DMK government, which she had accused of implicating her in false cases.

The trial court had on October 21 directed her to appear again on November 8, saying that her questioning remained inconclusive. During two days of hearing on October 20 and 21, she had answered 567 questions.