She will be examined by medical board to see if she is fit to record evidence

Dayalu Ammal, the wife of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, has moved the Delhi High Court pleading that she is not mentally in a position to record her statement as a prosecution witness in the 2G spectrum allocation case as she is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

In her petition, she has urged the court to get her examined by a medical board to see whether she is fit to record her evidence.

She moved the High Court seeking exemption from her appearance as a prosecution witness following the dismissal of her petition by the Special Court conducting trial of the case.

Justice Veena Birbal deferred the petition to Wednesday when counsel for the Central Bureau of Investigation pointed out that the Supreme Court had restrained the High Court from entertaining any petition in connection with the case.

While adjourning the hearing, however, Justice Birbal directed CBI counsel to apprise her under what circumstances and on which specific plea the Apex Court had directed the High Court not to hear any petition with regard to the case.

Ms. Ammal’s counsel Sudhir Nandrajog submitted that his client had been progressively and gradually losing her mental ability to recognise even her family members.

Mr. Nandrajog also submitted that there was also a medical report in support of the petitioner’s mental condition.

During the hearing, Justice Birbal suggested to the petitioner to get herself examined at a government hospital and submit the report to the trial court.

Justice Birbal advised Ms. Ammal to appear before the lower court for recording of her evidence. She could ask for an order exempting her from recording evidence in case she did not understand the queries put to her.

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