Karnataka HC gives 25 days to give correct witness version in Jaya case

Justice Keshav Narayan gave the direction to this effect when the criminal petition filed by Jayalalithaa challenging the three orders of the Special Court on the translation of the statements of all the 259 witnesses in the case came up for hearing before him.

Justice Narayan granted 15 days time to the defence to point out "mistakes" in the translated statements of the witnesses and another 10 days time to the interpreter to file the correct version of the witnesses' statements before the court -- in all, 25 days.

The first order that was challenged in the petition was rejecting the six months time sought by the defence counsel to provide for the correct translation of statements of the witnesses, the second pertained to furnishing corrections then and there and the third order was rejecting the application for recalling of some of the witnesses.

It may be noted that on March 9, the Special Court posted to March 26, recording of the statements of the accused in the case. The case against Jayalalithaa, which was heard by a Chennai court, had been transferred to Bangalore by the Supreme Court.

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