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CBI summons to Jaya, former Ministers

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Chennai, Aug 9 (UNI) The CBI court today ordered to issue summons to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and two of her erstwhile Cabinet colleagues in the CBI case relating to receipt of demand drafts worth Rs two crore on her birthday in 1992, when she was the Chief Minister.

Principal Special Judge for the CBI court S Meenakshi Sundaram said the summons should be issued to Ms Jayalalithaa, K A Sengottaiyan and Azhagu Thirunavukarasu by September 14, implying they should appear before the court on that day.

The judge issued the order after taking on file the charge sheet filed by the CBI in July. The latter had charge sheeted the trio after obtaining permission from the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker, as Ms Jayalalithaa and Mr Sengattaiyan were members of the house.

The CBI case was that Ms Jayalalithaa accepted 89 demand drafts worth Rs two crore drawn on various banks and purchased in the names of 57 people. Mr Sengottaiyan and Mr Thirunavukarasu, Ministers in her Cabinet during 1991-96, helped her get the gifts, the CBI said.

Ms Jayalalithaa, leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, was charged under Section 11 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (for receiving gifts from persons with whom she had official dealings), while Mr Sengottaiyan and Mr Thirunavukarasu face charges under Section 12 of the PCA (for abetting the commission of offence).

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