J. Venkatesan

She has refused to accept the notice in wealth case, says petitioner

  • Except Sasikala, all others have accepted the notice
  • Many attempts were made to serve notice on her

    New Delhi: Following the refusal by Sasikala, close aide to former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, to accept Supreme Court notice in the wealth case, DMK general secretary K. Anbazhagan has sought the apex court's permission to place advertisements in newspapers.

    Acting on a petition from Mr. Anbazhagan, the Supreme Court in August 2005 had stayed the operation of a Bangalore special court order, clubbing the disproportionate assets case and London Hotel case against Ms. Jayalalithaa, Ms. Sasikala, V.N. Sudhakaran, Ilavarasi and T.T.V. Dinakaran, and issued notice to them seeking their response to the SLP.

    In his application filed by counsel V.G. Pragasam, Mr. Anbazhagan brought to the notice of the court that except Ms. Sasikala, others had accepted the notice. He said initially the court sent the notice by Registered Post and it was refused. On January 6, 2006, advocate M. Dhandapani went to her residence to serve the notice but was denied entry by security personnel.

    Subsequently, another advocate, Deva Nobel Kumar, made attempts to serve the notice on February 28, March 10 and 15. On May 23, the apex court registry asked the petitioner to take steps to serve fresh notice on unserved respondents.

    Under these circumstances, Mr. Anbazhagan said he was seeking a direction to order substituted service of notice to Ms. Sasikala by placing advertisements in The Hindu and `Dina Thanthi' newspapers.

    The petitioner contended that the special court's decision to club the cases was contrary to the apex court directions issued in November 2003, when it shifted the cases out of Chennai. The first wealth case against Ms. Jayalalithaa was in a more advanced stage of trial than the London Hotel case.

    He said the plea by the accused for consolidation of the two cases was a ploy to protract the trial.

    Now, after the consolidation, the accused had sought discharge from the case and the special court reserved its orders, the SLP said.

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