N Sathiya Moorthy in Madras
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday 'explained' she did not mean any disrespect to the judiciary.
"I have the greatest respect for every judge and had nominated a former Supreme Court judge as an AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) nominee in the Lok Sabha election," she said, referring to the controversial Judge V Ramaswamy.
She made this statement in the state assembly, following the controversy kicked up by her earlier observation.
Jayalalithaa explained her earlier observation was only to counter the Dravida Munnetra Kazhgam comment on her pending Tansi case appeals in the Madras high court.
"I referred to the Supreme Court reversal of the high court quashing the trial court proceedings in the Tansi and coal import cases, only to make a point, not to cast aspersions on the judiciary," she said.
For his part, DMK president M Karunanidhi has since joined issue with Jayalalithaa, commenting that her original observations could amount to contempt of court, though his party could have been the perceived target.
"I had never questioned any court order, or attributed motives, whatever that be," he said on Sunday.
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