A special court conducting the trial in the Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case against Tamil Nadu CM and AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa Friday reserved its order on an application filed by a DMK leader seeking physical production of gold,jewels and other assets seized from Jayalalithaa in 1997.
The court reserved the order for December 12 after Jayalalithaas advocates argued that physical production is not mandated under law and labelled the plea as political vendetta. The seized material is deposited in an RBI treasury in Chennai.
The DMK application by party general secretary K Anbazhagan has claimed that the special court must take custody of 800 kg of silver,28 kg of gold,750 pairs of shoes,10,500 sarees,91 watches and other items that were seized during a raid in 1997 as evidence.
Jayalalithaas advocates said the DMK member was a third party in the case and does not have any locus standi to seek production of materials.
They said the material had been filmed and bringing it to Bangalore would entail logistic and security concerns. The material had also been declared in wealth tax and income tax filings by Jayalalithaa,they argued.
Advocates for DMK and the state public prosecutor,however,argued that it is mandatory for the court to be in physical possession of the seized materials at the time of the trial.