Assets case: Jayalalithaa to appear in B'lore court on Nov 8

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Chennai, Nov 4: Supreme Court on Friday (today) directed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to be present at a Bangalore Court on Nov 8, which is handling a case of alleged corruption against her. However, the date of appearing could be changed to suit the chief minister, said the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court rejected the latest appeal from Jayalalithaa seeking exemption from appearing in the court, located in a Bangalore prison. "We can not set a wrong precedent," said the Supreme Court judge.

Last month, Jayalalithaa had attended two days of court hearing at a special court in Bangalore after Supreme Court over ruled her concerns over security. She was accompanied by a 26-car convoy to the court with close to 1500 police personnel from the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka police giving security cover besides those from the National Security Guard.

The Supreme Court ordered the Bangalore Court to complete the hearing by her next appearance. The Tamil Nadu CM is alleged to have accumulated assets worth Rs 66 crore between 1991 and 1996 when she was the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. The case was filed on the complaints of DMK's K Anbazhagan and Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy.

The case was moved from Chennai to Bangalore in 2003 at the request of DMK, the main opposition party over the allegation that a free and clean trail would not be possible in Tamil Nadu.

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