Bangalore: Making her first appearance in the trial of the 15-year-old disproportionate case against her, Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa today deposed before a special court here in a closed door hearing among tight security.
“Jayalalithaa faced 379 questions and she answered them precisely and properly”, B Kumar, her senior counsel, said. An identical number of questions will be posed to her tommorow, he said.
The questions were based on the situations mentioned by the prosecution in evidence statements of witnesses, he told reporters.
Only 15 people were in the court hall, including the judge and 4 accused, Jayalalithaa, her close confidante Sasikala Natarajan, Sasikala”s nephew Sudhakaran and her sister-in-law Ilavarasi, besides their counsel.
The deposition by Jayalalithaa, who has been charged of massing assets worth Rs 66 crore disproportionate to her income, was uncertain and will resume tomorrow, her counsel said after about 5-hour proceedings.
Her statement was recorded before special court judge B M Mallikarjunaiah in a make-shift court near to Parappana Agrahara central jail premises on the city outskirts that was almost turned into a fortress.