On that day, she will have to answer over 700 questions, related to a 15-year-old corruption case.
Jayalalitha was to appear in the court on Tuesday, but her lawyers sought another date. Judge B M Mallikarjunaiah of the special court accepted the plea and directed her to appear on November 22, to answer the remaining questions on how she acquired assets valued at around Rs 66 crore, when she was chief minister from 1991 to 96, after proclaiming that she was taking only Re 1 per month as salary.
On October 21 and 22, she answered over 570 questions regarding her acquisition of assets. On October 22, the judge had directed her to return on November 8 to answer the remaining over 700 questions.
Jayalalitha appealed to the Supreme Court against this directive, but her plea to exempt her from personal appearance again was rejected. The Supreme Court, however, allowed her to seek another date from the City court, if November 8 was not convenient for her.
The case was filed in 1996, soon after she lost power, but was transferred to Bangalore in 2002 for a free and fair trial. Three other accused in the case, including Jayalalitha’s close aide Sashikala Natarajan, were present in the court on Tuesday.