In a setback for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed her appeal against prosecution by the Income Tax department for not filing income tax returns between 1991-94.
A bench of Justice K S Radhakrishnan and Justice Vikramjit Sen also asked the trial court in Chennai to conclude the hearing of the case and pronounce its judgment within four months.
The bench said that Jayalalithaa, her close aide N Sasikalaa and Sasi Enterprises (of which both were partners) failed to make out a case why they should not be prosecuted for not filing returns within the stipulated time under the law. They had appealed against a Madras High Court judgment rejecting their plea for discharge from three cases.
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The department launched criminal proceedings in 1996 and 1997 against Jayalalithaa for not filing income tax returns for the assessment year 1993-94, though she had taxable income. Cases were also filed against her associate Sasikalaa and Sasi Enterprises for 1991-92 and 1992-93.
The trial court dismissed the discharge applications filed by Jayalalithaa and Sasikalaa and the Madras High Court dismissed their appeals against the trial court order.