One more case against Jayalalitha

CHENNAI, SEPT. 2. One more case under the Prevention of Corruption Act, alleging amassing of wealth and investments abroad has been filed by the DVAC against the former Chief Minister, Ms. Jayalalitha.

While the former Chief Minister has been cited as the first accused, the AIADMK M.P., Mr.T.T.V. Dinakaran, figured as the second accused in the case which related to investments abroad, linking the two with two star-hotels in the United Kingdom to the value of Rs.248 crores, which had been sold and the money invested in financial companies there, according to official sources.

Saturday being a holiday, officials of the investigating agency went to the Principal Sessions Judge,

Mr.V. Viswanathan's residence and filed the FIR. The case had been registered for offences under IPC sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 109 (abetment) and PCA provisions 13 (2) read with 13 (1) (e).

The sources said that a hotel had allegedly been purchased and another hotel had been constructed on a 1,000-acre site, both in a suburb of London, and the total investment came to about Rs.248 crores. The transactions took place in 1994 and the properties were sold in 1998.

The sources said that there was evidence to show that Ms.Jayalalitha had abused her position and amassed wealth and had invested it in foreign countries in the name of Mr.Dinakaran. The Enforcement Directorate had already registered cases against Mr.Dinakaran for FERA violation.

This is the second case of ``disproportionate wealth'' against the former Chief Minister being registered by DVAC. Trial in the earlier case pertaining to amassing of wealth to the tune of Rs.66.65 crores is on before the Special Judge-I, Mr.A.C. Arumugaperumal Adityan. The sources said that after seeking the court permission, the DVAC conducted further probe in the case and Letter Rogatories were also despatched and the reply received from London. The leads in the fresh case were obtained during probe into the earlier case.

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