Madras HC allows Sasikala to be Questioned via video-conference

Vastavam web: The Madras High Court Thursday allowed former AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala to appear before a court in Egmore for questioning through video conference on May 13. Justice Anand Venkatesh, disposing of the petition from Sasikala lodged in Bengaluru jail, directed her to appear before the court through video conference in connection with a case filed by the Enforcement Directorate.

The case registered in 1996 relates to the alleged payments made by Sasikala, a close aide of late Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa, and co-accused Bhaskaran in violation of FERA for the purchase of a transponder facility and uplinking charges for the now-defunct JJ TV channel.

When the matter came up, senior counsel Raja Rathnam, on behalf of Sasikala, submitted that she was already allowed to appear through video conference. Referring to the earlier order of the high court in similar matters, the counsel said it had stated that there is no requirement to produce the petitioner before the court and questioning can be done through video conference.

Counsel for the Enforcement Directorate Hema submitted that the only difficulty is to get signature from the petitioner in the papers after questioning is completed.