Updated: July 9, 2013 16:10 IST

Dayalu Ammal moves Supreme Court

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File photo of Dayalu Ammal, wife of DMK chief M. Karunanidhi
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File photo of Dayalu Ammal, wife of DMK chief M. Karunanidhi

Dayalu Ammal, wife of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagal president M Karunanidhi and a key prosecution witness in the 2G case, on Monday approached the Supreme Court, seeking its direction to exempt her from deposing before the Special CBI Court on medical grounds.

She filed her plea before the apex court challenging the trial court’s order refusing to exempt her from appearing as a witness in the case.

82-year-old Ammal had earlier approached the Delhi High Court but it had on July 4 asked her to move the apex court for relief.

The High Court had also asked CBI to ensure that no coercive order is passed by the trial court till lunch time on Monday, July 8, the day when Ms. Dayalu Ammal has been summoned to appear before the trial court as a prosecution witness.

The High Court had asked Ms. Dayalu Ammal to move the apex court as the 2G case is being monitored by it.

Under medical grounds

Ms. Dayalu Ammal, in her plea before the High Court, had contended that she has been diagnosed with cognitive and behavioural abnormalities in June last year and that she is progressively and gradually losing recognition of even her near and dear ones.

It was also submitted that due to her physical and mental condition, she is prone to “abrasive behaviour, clumsy habit with sudden hitting or punching people, inappropriate talk and action and inability to take care of day-to-day activities”.

The trial court had on May 31 dismissed Ms. Dayalu Ammal’s exemption plea, saying she is an “important witness” as she was a director in Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd in which an alleged bribe amount of Rs 200 crore was received.

She had approached the trial court seeking exemption from personal appearance as a witness and to dispense with her presence in the case citing her ailments.

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In our transactions with others including our close relatives we
had come across of some of them acting fiercely throwing stones
or vessels,using abusive language and even crying at the end of it
all.When we point out to them that they should be taken to doctors
even for a check up they would normally revolt telling they are
perfectly alright and only others are mad.No one had so far accepted
this kind of illness.even in films we had some sequence where they are
taken to the doctors without telling them the reasons for the visits.
This is a normal and natural behavior.But Dayalu Ammal claims she had
this kind of illness and been abusing even close relatives for the past
many days.She is definitely a great woman far different from her class
of women.We pray for her speedy recovery from all the troubles

from:  T.S.Gopalakrishnan
Posted on: Jul 10, 2013 at 01:05 IST

What is the problem in appearing?, so much noise and news around not attending.

from:  Niranjan
Posted on: Jul 10, 2013 at 00:19 IST

If Dayalu Ammal has such serious medical problems how come she still
continues to be the major shareholder of the company. When a person is found medically unfit he or she are terminated from the services. But strangely the family concern still wants to retain this so called medically unfit lady as a major shareholder. Probably she is a very good cover for all the illegal financial activities of the company.

from:  K.GOPU
Posted on: Jul 8, 2013 at 15:15 IST

Our leaders , their wives and families know intricate details of benami transactions,
they also know how to hoodwink the public and swindle public money. When the law
tries to catch up with them they suddenly become very ill or mentally retarded.These
are the real desadrohis.

from:  P.N.Shreeniwas
Posted on: Jul 8, 2013 at 15:02 IST

Poor 82 year old lady medically unable to attend court hearing. What a pity! Why Sun TV troubles her by keeping her as a director . Surely there are family members waiting on the wings to become a director.

from:  Swaminathan R
Posted on: Jul 8, 2013 at 14:59 IST

If the person is not in a rightful mental state, the appeal has to be done on her behalf. A person with poor recognition cannot appeal against an order in SC.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Jul 8, 2013 at 13:35 IST
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