2G: SC rejects petition to exempt Karunanidhi wife

Dayalu AmmalDayalu Ammal

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea to exempt DMK chief M Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal to testify as a witness in the 2G scam case and asked the trial court to appoint a commission to record her statements in Chennai. A commission may comprise lawyers as well as medical experts for recording her statement.

"There is no question of her exemption. The issue was exempting her from appearing before the trial court and not before the commission," said a Bench of Justices G S Singhvi and K S Radhakrishnan.

After going through the report prepared by a medical board set up by the court to examine Ammal's health conditions, the Bench acknowledged that the octogenarian had difficulties to travel to Delhi for deposing as a witness but turned down a contention that she should be completely excused. "We have perused the report of the medical board and are satisfied that instead of examining her in the trial court, interest of justice will be served if the special judge hearing the case appoint a commission to examine her in Chennai," the Bench said in its order. On July 10, the court had asked AIIMS director to constitute a medical board to examine whether Ammal was medically fit to depose as a witness.

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