The Supreme Court Monday rejected a plea by DMK supremo M Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal to exonerate her on medical grounds in a 2G scam-related money laundering case.
A bench led by Chief Justice of India H L Dattu asked Ammal’s lawyer to approach the special 2G court and convince it that owing to her mental ailment she was unable to understand the nature of charge being imposed against her.
Ammal’s daughter Selvi had filed the petition on her behalf and challenged the August 20 order passed by the court dismissing her plea.
The bench told her counsel that the trial court was the proper forum to seek discharge on the ground that she was suffering from Alzheimer’s and other diseases. “The judge cannot proceed without making the accused understand the nature of the charge,” it said.
In her plea through her lawyer, 84-year-old Ammal has said that she is a “person of unsound mind incapable of entering her defence” and her medical records “categorically shows that she is suffering from mental ailments which are resulting in the loss of cognitive powers.” The plea also said that a final conclusion on her health could be determined only by medical examination.
Ammal, along with others including ex-telecom minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi, was chargesheeted by Enforcement Directorate in a 2G scam-related case.