Chennai: The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (Economic Offences) Court-I, has adjourned hearing on the decade-old Fera case against V.K. Sasikala, arrested and detained in connection with disproportionate asset case in Bengaluru prison, to July 16.
Concurring with trial court order, the Madras high court in a recent order directed VK Sasikala to appear through video conferencing from the Bengaluru prison for questioning relating to the case.
According to prosecution five cases registered against Sasikala and another accused Bhaskaran, brother of Amma Makkal Munetra Kazhagam leader TTV Dhinakaran, and JJ TV (predecessor of Jaya TV) by ED on charges of violating the Fera. They allegedly made payments in the US and Singapore dollars to foreign firms for hiring transponders, equipment and uplink facilities for JJ TV during 1995 and 1996.
After ED completed arguments, judge S. Malarmathi recently directed superintendent of the Parpana Agrahara prison to produce Sasikala before the court on May 13. Challenging the trial court order, Sasikala approached the Madras high court, which directed the Sasikala to appear before the trial court. When the matter came up for hearing the judge, adjourned the matter to July 16....