A City magistrate court on Monday posted to June 3 for fixing the date for appearance of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her associate Sasikala in the income tax cases against them. In Chennai, on monday, the court of additional chief metropolitan magistrate of economic offences, adjourned the income tax case against Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) R Dakshinamurthy passed the order accepting defense counsel’s plea seeking adjournment when the case came up for hearing.
The cases pertain to the alleged default in filing the income tax returns. When the matter came up before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Economic Offences I, Dakshinamoorthy, defense counsel, sought adjournment in view of personal bereavement of the counsel on record.
The income tax department had launched criminal proceedings against Jayalalithaa and Sasikala for allegedly not filing returns in their individual capacity for the assessment year 1993-94 and also as partner of Sasi Enterprises for assessment years 1991-92 and 1992-93.
On Monday, 19 May, When the case came up for hearing, B Kumar, counsel for the Jayalalithaa, requested the court to adjourn the matter as his mother had expired. “Because of death of my mother, I am not in a position to appear before the court till June 1,” he said.
The counsel filed a copy of the Supreme Court order extending the time limit for disposing the case for another three months from June 6. Additional chief metropolitan magistrate (economic offences) R Dakshinamurthy adjourned the case to June 3.
The ACMM had on April 10 directed Jayalalithaa and Sasikala to appear before it on April 28 for framing charges and answering questions by the magistrate.
However, both did not turn up and adjournment petitions were filed citing the Supreme Court order granting three more months for completion of trial and the matter was posted for today.
Discharge petitions filed by the accused were later dismissed by the Madras High Court. Jayalalithaa and Sasikala preferred appeals before the Supreme Court. Dismissing their appeals on January 30, the apex court had directed the lower court to complete the trial in four months.