Wednesday, 19 October 2011

SC refuses relief to Jayalalithaa; to appear in DA case tomorrow

Suprme Court refuses any relief to Tamulnadu CM Jayalalithaa, directs her to appear in lower court in Banglore in connection with her DA case

Not agreeing with the contentions of the Tamilnadu CM, a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Dalveer Bhandari directed the Chief Secretary and DGP of Karnataka to make necessary arrangements for Jayalalithaa's security.

Appearing for the CM, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatagi contended that Jayalalithaa's security cover includes NSG and it will not be possible for NSG to go there and inspect the premises in such a short notice as it takes NSG 96 hours to make security arrangements.

The Karnataka government on the other hand assured the apex court that they have provided Z plus security to many VIPs and the adequate security arrangements shall be made for Jayalalithaa too. Government went on to say that Gandhi Bhawan has been sanitised, special vehicles and security bandobust has been made.

After hearing all the parties, the bench observed ''...Be reasonable Mr. Rohatagi, we were also equally concerned about the security and now when the Chief Secretary and the DGP of the state have given an undertaking for adequate security arrangements, there is nothing left...''

The bench also directed Karnataka state to endure proper security from arrival to the time of departure and deployment of sufficient number of policemen.

Jayalalithaa had asked for an exemption from personal appearance citing security threats. She is facing a case of disproportionate assets which was transferred in Karnataka after SC intervention.

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