After a five-year hiatus, regular trial of the disproportionate assets case relating to acquisition of wealth by AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa when she was the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu between 1991 and 1996, will resume here from Monday.
A Special Court was hearing the case after it was transferred from Chennai. However, the trial had been stayed by the Supreme Court in 2005 when Ms. Jayalalithaa and others went in appeal against a ruling.
With the Supreme Court on Friday ordering resumption, the hearing in the wealth case in which the former Chief Minister is accused of having amassed Rs. 66 crore, will once again commence with the examination of 42 witnesses.
The Special Court last week ordered issue of summons to the witnesses. They will be examined in batches of five starting Monday over nine days. Once this is completed, the prosecution is expected to issue summons to Ms. Jayalalithaa.
Apart from her, several others including her companion Sasikala Natarajan, Illavarasi, V. Sudhagaran and T.T.V. Dinakaran were accused in the two cases filed against them by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, Chennai.