Verdict reserved in TANSI cases

CHENNAI, NOV. 1. The judgment in the `TANSI land deals cases', on which hinges the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms. Jayalalithaa's political prospects, was reserved in the Madras High Court today. After hearing arguments for 18 days since October 1, Mr. Justice N. Dinakar reserved the orders in the cases, in which Ms. Jayalalithaa and her close friend, Ms. Sasikalaa, are the main accused.

Following her conviction in these cases by a Special Court here in 2000, Ms. Jayalalithaa was disqualified from contesting the Assembly elections in the State in April this year.

The case pertains to the purchase of the State-run TANSI foundry's land by two private companies jointly owned by Ms. Jayalalithaa and Ms. Sasikalaa. The controversial transaction took place in 1991-92 when Ms. Jayalalithaa was the Chief Minister.

Hearings in the `Pleasant Stay Hotel case' will be taken up on November 9.

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