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SC balm to Jaya in DA case

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was on Tuesday granted exemption by the Supreme Court from personal appearance on Wednesday in a Karnataka court which is holding the trial of a 17-year-old disproportionate assets case against her.

A bench comprising justices BS Chauhan and SA Bobde allowed her plea keeping in view the ongoing assembly session.

The other accused – VK Sasikala, VN Sudhakaran and J Elavarasi – will have to appear before the trial court judge in Bangalore on Wednesday.

The apex court bench will tomorrow hear the petition of the AIADMK supremo and others challenging the notification issued by the Karnataka government, appointing G B Mudigoudar as the judge to conduct the cases in a Bangalore court from 1 October.

Mudigoudar was appointed following the retirement of Balakrishna who attained the age of superannuation on 30 September to conclude the trial expeditiously.

Jayalalithaa and others contended that the Karnataka government had committed contempt of court by not implementing the apex court directions issued on 30 September, quashing the notification revoking the appointment of G Bhavani Singh as the special public prosecutor.

They submitted that the apex court while allowing Singh to continue as the SPP, asked the state government and the high court on its administrative side to consider extending the services of Balakrishna to conclude the trial expeditiously.
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