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Can't attend court due to security concerns: Jayalalithaa to SC

October 18, 2011 23:53 IST

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa has informed the Supreme Court that she would find it difficult to appear before the special court at Bangalore as the police have not made adequate security arrangements.

In an application before the Supreme Court of India, she stated that as per the information available it is clear that the Bangalore police have not made enough arrangements for her security and hence it may be difficult for her to appear before the court.

A special court had been set up in Bangalore to try the disproportionate assets case against her and others. The case which was originally being conducted in Tamil Nadu was shifted to Bangalore following an application before the Supreme Court in which it was stated that the case be shifted. It was contended that since she was a high profile personality there is every chance of her tampering with the evidence.

The special court had issued summons to Jayalalithaa directing to appear in person before the court but she had not done so. Another application was filed seeking her presence in person before the special court and on the last date of hearing the court had directed the Bangalore police to provide adequate security. Following this order Jayalalithaa had agreed to appear in person before the court.

The Supreme Court will now hear the matter pertaining to her latest application on Wednesday. The Bangalore police will now have to provide an explanation before the Supreme Court regarding the security arrangements and if they are able to convince the Supreme Court that it is up to the mark then the Tamil Nadu chief minister will have to appear in person before the Bangalore special court on October 20.
Vicky Nanjappa in Bangalore