Jayalalitha told to approach government for more security

July 9th, 2008 - 5:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, July 9 (IANS) The Madras High Court wednesday asked Leader of Opposition and AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalitha to apply to the state government for extra police protection instead of seeking judicial intervention. Judge M. Jaichandren, hearing a plea by Jayalalitha’s lawyer Navaneetha Krishnan for extra security for the former chief minister at her summer retreat in the Nilgiris, 600 km southwest of here, said the politician should bring the matter to the notice of the government officially.

Krishnan told the court Jayalalitha faced aggravated threat perceptions against her life in the Kodanadu Estate, where she is currently staying, and an officer of the rank of a superintendent of police ought to be posted permanently for her protection.

Appearing on behalf of the government, Advocate General G. Masilamani argued that the state police was according protection to Jayalalitha as per the requirements of her Z-Plus security category.

The Tamil Nadu government had sought the court’s intervention to allow the use of a public pathway through the estate earlier. It had also sought to demolish part of the estate, alleging violation of rules.

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