Chennai: More than two decades after registering a Fera case by Enforcement Directorate against AIADMK (Amma) general secretary V.K. Sasikala, now detained at prison in Bengaluru, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (Economic Offence-I), Egmore at Allikulam would frame charge against her through video conference on June 21.
She would appear from the prison through the video conference facility. ED authorities and Karnataka prison officials were making arrangements enabling her to appear before the court through the facility.
According to prosecution, five cases have been registered against Sasikala and her relative Bhaskaran, brother of AIADMK Deputy General secretary, TTV Dhinakaran, and JJ Tv by ED on charges of violating FERA.
They made payments in US and Singapore dollars to foreign firms for hiring transponders, equipment and up link facilities for J J TV during 1995 and 1996.
The payments were illegally routed to US-based Rimsat through firms having network in the Philippines and Singapore. Violating the RBI norms they paid US $ 10 lakh and US $ 3.6 lakh, to these companies. The court took up the matter after Madras High Court set aside the trial court order discharging them from the case.
Based on Sasikala's plea, the judge Zakir Hussain on May 4 had permitted her to appear before the court through video conference from the prison for framing charges against her. Earlier, the judge framed charged against Baskaran....