Chennai: Jayalalithaa repeats history, skips court hearing

Chennai, April 10: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa failed to appear in court once again. She was asked to appear before the court of additional chief metropolitan magistrate (economic offences) in Chennai in connection with the Income Tax case against her on Thursday, April 10.

Counsel of the AIADMK supremeo informed the court that she had filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking an extension of the proceedings in the trial court on the ground that Lok Sabha elections are going on.

The apex court earlier had directed the Chennai court to complete the proceeding in four months. Now, the CM sought four-month time to complete the proceedings in the court, the counsel said.

Jayalalithaa filed a petition in Madras high court challenging the trial court's direction to her to appear before it on April 10, informed her counsel.

The income tax department had filed a criminal case against erstwhile Sasi Enterprises and its partners -- Jayalalithaa and Sasikala Natarajan -- for their failure to file returns for two consecutive years (1991-92 and 1992-93). The Income Tax department alleged that they had committed offences punishable under provision of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

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