Jaya washes her hands off saris, jewellery; says ‘Not mine’

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Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu CM
Bangalore, Oct 22: With Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa not able to savour the sweetness of the TN Civic polls victory as she had to appear in the special trial court in Bangalore for the second straight day regarding the Disproportionate Assets case, she was in her usual defiant self. Slamming all allegations in her name, she firmly rebuffed the charges on her name.

Appearing in court regarding the assets case over the accusation of amassing assets worth Rs 66 crore, the court posed a series of questions especially regarding the exhaustive collection of saris, jewellery and diamond ornaments. She replied on questions pertaining to these by saying that she had acquired the same, before she became the CM in 1991.

On the exhaustive assortment of saris and jewellery, she stated that they did not belong to her. She also said that the silverware that was portrayed as her own was in reality framed by them as her own.

With the five-hour long grilling in the trial court not yielding any tangible results, judge B M Mallikarjunaiah had a hard time making Jaya answer a total of 1,339 questions regarding the case. The questions regarding her saris and jewellery alone amounted to 187 questions.

The next hearing is scheduled for Nov 8. Jayalalithaa's counsel B Kumar has said that he will approach the Supreme Court to seek an exemption of her appearance in court. The Karnataka government which provided massive security cover during the CM"s visit to Bangalore wanted the hearing to be completed in 2 days that was also communicated to the Supreme Court.

The special public prosecutor, B V Acharya commented that out of the total of 1,339 questions prepared, only 567 were answered.

The court sought one more day for hearing to which Jayalalithaa replied that she had to be in New Delhi for the CMs' conference. She also said that she would not be available on Nov 4 and refused to divulge the reason for the same.

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