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Wealth case: DMK to move Supreme Court again

By J. Venkatesan

NEW DELHI, JULY 17. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary, K. Anbazhagan, is to file an application in the Supreme Court next week seeking a direction to the Tamil Nadu Government to transfer immediately all the documents and records relating to the two disproportionate assets cases against the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, to a special court in Karnataka.

The decision to move a proper application is a sequel to the reply sent by an Assistant Registrar in the Supreme Court to Mr. Anbazhagan's letter, which stated "no action can be taken on the letter."

In a letter dated June 23, Mr. Anbazhagan requested the Registrar-General of the Supreme Court to instruct the authorities concerned to ensure that the records in the two cases were safely transferred from a Chennai court to the special court in Karnataka (where the trial is to be held) with adequate protection.

He drew the attention of the Registrar-General that the Supreme Court had passed orders on November 8, 2003, directing the Tamil Nadu Government to ensure that the documents pertaining to the two cases reached Karnataka safely. But from press reports it was ascertained that the documents had not been transferred to Karnataka. Taking into consideration the importance and urgency of the matter and the fact that transfer petitions had already been disposed of, he requested the Registrar-General to issue instructions to the authorities for the transfer of the records to Karnataka.

In his reply on July 7, one of the Assistant Registrars said, "I am directed to inform you that no action can be taken on the letter as you are already represented by V.G. Pragasam, advocate. If so advised, you may process the same through your advocate".

DMK sources said that in the light of this communication, a fresh application would be filed in the Supreme Court next week. Sources pointed out that on April 12 the court ordered shifting of the Godhra riots case from Gujarat to Maharashtra and within three months the trial had commenced in Maharashtra.

But though the court had passed orders in Mr. Anbazhagan's transfer petition on November 18 last the trial could not commence since records had not been transferred to Karnataka.

Hence a fresh application seeking expeditious transfer of the records.

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