The Bangalore and Tamil Nadu police have stepped up security arrangements considering the high-profile hearing. Jayalalithaa had earlier sought excuse from appearing in court citing that she was a public figure and she was not satisfied with the security cover in the place.
Jaya, however had to face setback when the Supreme Court ruled that she would have to appear in court and adequate security have been put in place. Senior police officers made a recce of the area to make sure that there were no security glitches.
Jayalalithaa will arrive at the HAL airport at around 10am on Thursday morning and drive straight to the court. The bullet proof car will take Jaya to court and she will be accompanied by an armed police officer who will be seated in the front of the car. Her convoy will include two escort vehicles, each with four armed officers.
With the apex court ensuring that Jaya's security will be given top priority, there will be added security cover for the CM who already enjoys Z plus security cover by the National Security Guards (NSG).
The route to the Central Prisons via the CGI circle has been blocked and vehicular traffic has been banned from the circle to the special court. Entry to the road has been restricted to police personnel and other government vehicles. Prohibitory orders are in place 500 metres around the court premises. Yesterday saw bomb detection and disposal squad scanning the premises.
Jaya is alleged to have accumulated assets worth Rs 66 crore between 1991 and 1996.