The order was given by Judge B M Mallikarjunaiah under Section 313 of CrPC (power to examine the accused) and have given a date of Jul 27 to record their statements. He added, "The accused should be present."
Senior counsel for Jayalalithaa, B. Kumar has however filed a petition stating that he wanted to make submissions on the legal aspects on Sec 313 post its amendment in 2008. Post-amendment the section states that the court can take the assistance of the Public Prosecutor and the defence advocate to formulate questions under Section 313. It also states that a written statement from the accused can be presented in court.
Mallikarjunaiah will hear the petition on Jul 25 and has posted the case for Jul 27. He will record the statement of the two accused - Jayalalithaa and her close friend Sasikala Natarajan. The other two accused are Sudharakaran and Ilavarasi, both relatives of Sasikala.