Days after the magistrate allowed video conferencing in the FERA case for AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala, the Enforcement Directorate has denied her plea, seeking questions be given to her prior to the hearing.
The case was heard by A Zakir Hussain, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Economic Offence 1. The Enforcement Directorate objected to Sasikala’s petition and the case was adjourned to June 2, 2017.
On May 4, 2017, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Economic Offence 1, A Zakir Hussain had allowed Sasikala’s petition seeking to be questioned through video conferencing from the Parappana Agrahara Prison in Bengaluru.
However, the magistrate had strictly said that she should file an undertaking in the form of an affidavit, which says that she would not challenge the video conferencing in future on grounds of its quality and that she did not understand the proceedings, reported The Hindu.
In 1996, the ED probed charges against JJ TV, a predecessor of Jaya TV, where Sasikala was the director and chairperson. These charges related to foreign exchange payments made to various companies for uplinking facilities and transponder hiring charges.
In February this year, in a huge setback to Sasikala, the Madras High Court had refused to discharge her from the FERA cases.
Sasikala is currently in the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison after she was convicted in the Disproportionate Assets Case.