Chennai, Apr 28 UNI | 3 months ago

A Metropolitan Magistrate Court today adjourned to May 19, to pass orders on fixing the date for the personal appearance of AIADMK Supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and her close aide Sasikala, in connection with the Income-Tax cases filed against them.

Both Ms Jayalalithaa and Ms Sasikala did not appear before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (Economic Offences-I) Court today.

Two weeks ago Additional CMM R Dakshinamurthy had directed them to persoanlly appear before the court for framing of charges and answering questions on April 28 (today).

When the cases came up for hearing today, S Senthil, Counsel for Ms Jayalalithaa and Ms Sasikala, filed petitions seeking to postpone the hearing of the case and fix a date for their appearance after June 6.

In her petition, Ms Jayalalithaa also submitted that on a clarification petition, the Supreme Court had on April 25 granted a further three months' time for her from June 6 to complete the trial.

Her counsel also said the apex court ordered them to appear after elections. The elections would be completed only after counting on May 16.

However, Senior Special Public Prosecutor for Income-Tax cases K Ramasamy opposed the plea.

After hearing both sides, the ACMM adjourned the matter to May 19, for passing an order and to fix date of appearance of the accused.

In all four criminal cases were registered against them for non-filing of IT returns by individual capacities as well as being partners of Sasi Enterprises for the assessment years for early 1990s.

The criminal proceedings were initiated only in 1996 and 1997.

On January 30, the Supreme Court had dismissed their appeals seeking to discharge them from the case and directed the trial court to dispose of the cases within four months.

Following the apex court's order, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court directed Ms Jayalalithaa and Ms Sasikala to appear on April 3 for framing charges.

But they failed to appear on that day and also today.

(Posted on 29-04-2014)