Further proceedings adjourned till February 18

The Special Court trying the disproportionate assets case against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha on Monday turned down the plea of newly appointed Special Public Prosecutor G. Bhavani Singh to adjourn proceedings for 2 months to enable him to study the case.

Mr. Singh, who took charge as the SPP on Saturday, orally sought two months to acquaint himself with the prosecution materials and records, which runs into several thousands of pages.

M.S. Balakrishna, judge of the Special Court and 36th Additional City Civil and Sessions Court, granted him two weeks time. The judge told Mr. Singh that he could study the records in a short time because he will be assisted by advocate Sandesh J. Chouta, who had been assisting Mr. Singh’s predecessor from the time the case was transferred to Bangalore in 2003-04.

Meanwhile, counsel representing the Director-General of Income Tax, Chennai, sought more time to produce certain documents. Counsel told the court that an official in charge of those records passed away last month because of which more time was needed to produce the documents. Following these pleas, the court adjourned further proceedings till February 18.