SC asks Jaya to appear before trial court
The apex court`s order came after Karnataka`s chief secretary and its director general of police both filed affidavits assuring the apex court of foolproof security measures in tune with her Z plus status and NSG cover.
The trial of the disproportionate assets case, allegedly involving accumulation of assets worth over Rs 66 crore by her between 1991 and 1996, was shifted earlier to Bangalore by the apex court on her fears that she might be denied a fair trial in Tamil Nadu due to state`s erstwhile DMK government, which she had accused of implicating her in false cases.
When senior counsel Mukul Rohtagi persisted with his apprehensions over her safety, the bench remarked, "You are public figure. How can you remain away from people?" The bench also turned down Jayalalithaa`s plea to at least shift the venue of her trial closer to the airport.
"What more do you want? The helipad has been prepared. Once the hearing is over, fly back home," the bench observed.