A special court on Tuesday adjourned till September 14 the disproportionate assets case filed against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
The chief minister's counsel A Kandasami filed an application under CrPC section 309 (Power to postpone or adjourn proceedings) seeking two weeks adjournment in the wake of the Special Leave Petition, which came up before the Supreme Court on Monday, being adjourned to September 12.
"Since the apex court is likely to pronounce the orders on September 12, we seek two weeks adjournment so that we can proceed on the basis of the outcome," he submitted.
Assistant Special Public Prosecutor Sandesh Chowta acceded to it but pointed out that the SLP was adjourned at the request of the petitioner's counsel. He said the case could be posted to September 13 to know the outcome and "then we will be in a position to inform the court what has transpired."
Referring to the apex court's observations yesterday, Chowta said, "Even the court has observed that an attempt is being made to protract the proceedings."
Meanwhile, counsels for all four accused -- Jayalalithaa, Sasikala Natarajan, V Sudhakaran and Ilavarasi filed applications seeking exemption from personal appearance on Tuesday.
While Jayalalithaa's counsel cited her busy schedule as chief minister as the reason, Sasikala's counsel submitted she was suffering from eye problem. Sudhakaran's counsel said he had fractured his hand while Ilavarasi's counsel submitted that his client was a "severe diabetic." The court allowed the applications and adjourned the case to September 14.