Coal import case: Jayalalitha files petition

CHENNAI, JULY 20. The former Chief Minister, Ms. Jayalalitha, today filed a petition in the court of the Special Judge-II, Mr. V. Radhakrishnan, to permit her to cross-examine six prosecution witnesses in the `coal import deal case' on August 21, instead of August 10.

In the application, filed on her behalf, her counsel said cross- examination has been posted for August 10 and summons to the witnesses are about to be issued.

The counsel said he was appearing in two TANSI land deal cases and around that date final arguments in these cases is also likely. When the date for hearing the coal case was fixed, such a situation was not visualised.

Hence he sought adjournment for cross-examining the witnesses by the petitioner to August 21.

The former Chief Minister also moved the court of the Special Judge-III, Mr. P. Anbazhagan, seeking a direction to the prosecution for producing two files relating to the review and decision taken in respect of framing of revised code of conduct for Ministers as issued in government orders in June 1984 and August 1994.

She submitted that two defence witnesses, former Chief Secretaries, Mr. T. V. Antony and Mr. N. Haribhaskar, are to tender evidence in the matter on July 24 and hence the files were necessary.

Jayalalitha wealth case

Meanwhile, in the `disproportionate wealth case' against Ms. Jayalalitha, before the Special Judge-I, Mr. A. C. Arumugaperumal Adityan, a prosecution witness, Mr. Thiruthuvaraj, Assistant Executive Engineer, PWD, said he evaluated the electrical installations at the former Chief Minister's residence at Poes Garden and their value came to about Rs. 1.05 crores.

He did the evaluation work in December 1996 on the instructions of his superiors following a request by the investigating agency.