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Court posts questioning of Sasikala in FERA case to May 28 citing inadequate facilities

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

An here on Monday posted to May 28 the questioning of former AIADMK V K in a decades old FERA case, citing inadequate facilities as on date to record her answers.

When the case came up before the Economic Offences (EO) Court, days after the allowed to appear for questioning through video conference from a Bengaluru prison, S Malarmathi posted the matter for hearing to May 28.

Sasikala, a former AIADMK of late J Jayalalithaa, is serving sentence in a disproportionate assets case in the at Bengaluru.

(Enforcement Directorate) G told reporters, "due to inadequate facilities like non-availability of a stenographer," as on date, the questioning has been posted by the court to the last week of the month.

Following Sasikala's questioning through video conference under section 313 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc), her signature on the document detailing her answers will be obtained from her in the presence of Bengaluru prison superintendent, she added.

The EO court had earlier in the month directed to appear before it on May 13 for questioning. Later, she approached the High Court for appearance through video-conference, which was allowed.

The case filed in 1998 by the relates to purchase of transponders for the now defunct JJ TV channel allegedly violating the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA). There are four other cases of violation of FERA against Sasikala.

Following completion of cross-examination of the prosecution witnesses on April 29, the court had directed Sasikala to appear before it Monday.

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First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 16:25 IST