The Special Court trying the disproportionate assets case against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday directed the Registrar of the Bangalore City Civil and Sessions Court to submit a report on providing security during Ms. Jayalalithaa's appearance before court here on October 20.

B.M. Mallikarjunaiah, Judge of the Special Court and 36 {+t} {+h} Additional City Civil and Sessions Court, also directed the Registrar to write to the State government and police on the requirements of security and submit a report to the court on October 10 after obtaining information from the authorities concerned. The Special Court passed the order following a direction from the Supreme Court which, on September 12, directed Ms. Jayalalithaa to appear before the Special Court on October 20 for answering questions under Section 313 of the Code of Criminal Procedure while refusing her plea for exemption from personal appearance.

The Supreme Court, while considering the fact that Ms. Jayalalithaa has been given Z plus security due to threat perception, also directed the Special Court “to ensure that the examination of the petitioner is carried out in an atmosphere having adequate arrangements for the safety and security of her,” besides granting liberty to the Special Court to pass appropriate orders in this regard.

The Supreme Court also directed the State government to provide proper security to her.