Stung by the order of a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court that asked his wife Dayalu Ammal to appear in person to depose before it in the 2G spectrum case, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Saturday said court direction was not final and further legal options would be explored.
Speaking to reporters, he said his wife’s health condition was well-known to entire Tamil Nadu. All necessary certificates on her condition were produced before the court and it was clearly pointed out that she could not travel by air.
In fact, it was also submitted that if the court was not satisfied, a team of doctors from JIPMER in Puducherry, a Central government hospital, could examine her and all expenses of the team would be taken care of.
Karunanidhi said the CBI had also accepted this proposal but it was not clear why it then ordered her personal appearance.
“Since this verdict is not final, further action could be finalised only after consulting lawyers. Even after this if it is insisted that she depose in person, and if there are further complications to her health, who will take responsibility?” he asked.
A CBI special court in New Delhi on Friday dismissed Dayalu Ammal’s application for exemption from personal appearance stating that she was an “important witness” in the case given that she was a director in Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd in which an alleged bribe amount of Rs 200 crore was received.