Income tax case against Jayalalithaa adjourned to November 6

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Chennai, Oct 17: Even as former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa got a relief from the Supreme Court on Friday, legal challenges could still be far from over for her.

[Read: DA case: Jayalalithaa gets interim bail]

On Thursday, the court of additional chief metropolitan magistrate (economic offences) here which is trying an income tax case against Jayalalithaa and her confidante N Sasikalaa adjourned it to November 6.

The AIADMK supremo's counsel sought two weeks adjournment after the matter came for hearing on Thursday. Judge R Dakshinamoorthy adjourned the matter subsequently.

The I-T department had filed a criminal case against Sasi Enterprises which was represented by the two women after they failed to file returns for two consecutive fiscals (1991-92 and 1992-93). The I-T department said the duo committed offences punishable under Income Tax Act, 1961.

The case gained momentum after the Supreme Court fixed six months time for the economic offences court here to carry out the trial. On July 30, both Jayalalithaa and Sasikala filed petition before the I-T department to end the legal proceedings out of court.

On September 18, the additional chief metropolitan magistrate's (ACMM) court asked the duo to appear before it on October 1 in connection to the case.

On October 1, when the case came up before the ACMM court, it was adjourned to October 16.

On September 27, Jayalalithaa was convicted in a disproportionate assets case and kept in a jail in Bangalore. The leader moved the Karnataka High Court for bail but it was turned down. On Friday, the Supreme Court granted her an interim bail.

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