HC notice to Kalimuthu

CHENNAI, NOV. 1. The Madras High Court has ordered notice to the Speaker, Mr. K. Kalimuthu, after admitting a CBI appeal against his acquittal in the `Robin Mayne case'.

In view of the 3-month period set by the court to complete the trial, Mr. Justice P.D. Dinakaran, directed Mr. Kalimuthu to file his counter within two weeks.

The Speaker was cleared of all charges by a special judge for CBI cases on July 18. The CBI preferred an appeal on September 21.

Mr. Kalimuthu has been charged with enabling 24 persons, including Robin Mayne, to defraud nationalised banks to the tune of Rs. 56 lakhs by furnishing false and forged RC books and vehicle documents between March 1983 and June 1984, when he was a Minister in the MGR Cabinet.

Jayalalithaa petition

Meanwhile, the former Chief Minister, Ms. Jayalalithaa, has filed another petition seeking to dispense with her personal appearance before the Principal Sessions Judge, Mr. S. Ashok Kumar, in the `London Hotels case'.

She has said that since a petition seeking to quash the summons issued against her was pending in the High Court, her appearance before the PSJ should be dispensed with till the disposal of the main petition.

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