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Updated: February 19, 2012 10:50 IST

Jayalalithaa was only a ‘dormant partner’ in firms: Sasikala

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A file photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and her former aide Sasikala.
The Hindu A file photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and her former aide Sasikala.

I was managing the affairs of the companies, she tells court

“I was taking care of the administration of Jaya Publications Ltd. and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was not involved with the affairs of the firm. I alone operated the bank accounts,” Sasikala, former aide of Ms. Jayalalithaa, deposed in the Special Court here on Saturday.

Ms. Sasikala was replying to a question by the judge about the management of the firms, based on the statements given by witnesses.

Ms. Jayalalithaa was only a “dormant partner” in Jaya Publications Ltd. and Sasi Enterprises, she said, during recording of her statement under Section 313 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr.PC) in the disproportionate assets case against Ms. Jayalalithaa and three others. Ms. Sasikala is the second accused. V.N. Sudhagaran and Ilavarasi are the other accused.

In connection with Sasi Enterprises, Ms. Sasikala said, “I was managing the affairs of the firm. Ms. Jayalalithaa was not involved in the affairs. I alone operated accounts…Ms. Jayalalithaa remained a dormant partner in the firm.”

In her statement recorded during October-November last year, Ms. Jayalalithaa too submitted that she was only a “dormant partner.”

Ms. Sasikala replied to 40 questions with the help of an interpreter appointed by the court due to her inability to understand English. The court will continue recording her statement on February 23. She has to answer about 1,000 questions.

Earlier, when the proceedings began, Ms. Sasikala's counsel urged the court to defer recording of statement as a special leave petition — seeking a direction to the Special Court to translate into Tamil all the questions to be asked by the judge — was pending before the Supreme Court. However, Special Court judge B.M. Mallikarjunaiah rejected the plea stating that the Supreme Court had not passed any order. Both the Special Court and the Karnataka High Court have already rejected her plea.

The judge also rejected a plea for recording statements only three days a week.

Counsel said it would be difficult for them to stay in Bangalore for the entire week as they were also appearing in cases before different courts in Tamil Nadu and they [counsel] “may fall sick” if they stay in Bangalore continuously for a week due to change of weather and food.

However, Special Public Prosecutor B.V. Acharya said the case had to proceed on a day-to-day basis as per the directions of the Supreme Court, and the Special Court would be in contempt if proceedings were not conducted every day.

Having seen the record of oscillations (real or affected) of the
friendship between Jayalalithaa and Sasikala in the past, I am tempted
to believe that all this is a ploy to let the Chief Minister off the
hook.

from:  George Kurian
Posted on: Feb 20, 2012 at 07:48 IST

The properrty and other investments before the court, can be in anybody"s name,and once the source of income/propoerty is known throuhg various documents, power of attorney, it will be clearly come to know that the prperties were acquired with clear instructions from the earlier owner to the new purchaser(name may be different,but the name benomy name have to show the accounts for the purchase as well) and the entire truth will come out and thet truth can not be left revealed.
WHen the DMK, was in power, it is Ms jayalalitha & sasikala got the cases transferred to nearby state,as the then govt of tamiland was in DMK"S hands.and even now, since the AADMK,IS in power, there can also transfer back to Tamiladu from Karnataka.
supreme court, whereever they function, they have to bring justic to all concerned, and legitimate income the centre exechequer also must come by way of wealth and other incometax as well.
IT is but proper the proceeding must go witout furtehr delay,it has to final

from:  vidya
Posted on: Feb 20, 2012 at 05:12 IST

This was expected long back since the separation was a drama to show the
public and befool the inquiring authorities that Jaya is very pious and
is not at all involved in any of the acts.

from:  Raman
Posted on: Feb 19, 2012 at 12:15 IST

We should have a time bound judicial process for politicians involved in corruption cases and economic offences.In U.S and China corruption cases take maximum two years.Now above case had taken almost 12 years and we do not know another how many years it will take. So politicians and highly paid advocates take advantage of all weaknesses and loopholes in our judicial system.The above case is an example for seeking adjournments.Hope justice delivered earliest

from:  kumaravel
Posted on: Feb 19, 2012 at 11:40 IST

Sasikala and the entire bunch thrown out of the party. News say she does not have the hotline connection with Poes Garden. Now there is unison and symphony of court statements from both parties. What's all this drama about? It's a shame on the legal system in India they dont book the obvious culprits and press charges against them very soon.

from:  Arun Subramanian
Posted on: Feb 19, 2012 at 10:23 IST

Obviously, it is drama. I also agree with Mr. Sanat Attavar. All corrupted politicians must go jail. Our law should have enough strength to do this. Let us pray for it. In Kerala, a former minister and leading ruling front leader has convicted for corruption and sentenced for one year rigorous imprisonment. But the government overruled all the terms of law for him and released him. He was jailed for 89 days only. This should not happend in Tamil Nadu also.

from:  Muhiyadheen
Posted on: Feb 19, 2012 at 10:05 IST

It all seems pre-planned. Now Jaya walks free (in theory), then Sasi and her hubby go to prison, and after a couple of years or so, Jaya will use her political clout to bring the accused out of prison. Wonder how Indian Justice System is going to handle this case!!! I'd rather see every accomplice, whether active or dormant in the crime, go to jail and serve their respective sentence. I can't understand how a dormant partner could be absolved of any misdeed!!! The excuse is as absurd as it is silly.

from:  Kav Kanag
Posted on: Feb 18, 2012 at 23:44 IST

This reads like a script of a blockbuster movie. Sasikala and her whole team is thrown out of the party recently and now she goes around giving Jayalalitha a clean chit. The reason such things happen is because the laws of our country for corruption are not strict enough and there is no proper check or follow up after the sentencing is done, for all one knows after a person is proven guilty and jailed he/she could be living life king size inside the jail or even outside the jail. ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL. I wish every individual had an understanding of what is to be - every thought and deed of every individual is to be accounted. Its sad that the system is being looted / twisted as the high and mighty wish what is sadder is people don't even comment on such issues.

from:  Sanat Attavar
Posted on: Feb 18, 2012 at 20:26 IST

Really - such an important case cannot be continuously heard by the
judge? Why is there not a dedicated judge to handle this case
continuously?

from:  Sasy Latha
Posted on: Feb 18, 2012 at 20:17 IST
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