New Delhi: The CBI on Thursday challenged the Madras High Court September 30, 2011 decision to quash gift case against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the Supreme Court.

According to CBI, Jayalalithaa, during her first term as Chief Minister in 1991 accepted 89 demand drafts worth Rs two crore cash as a gift on her birthday. The CBI further claimed that she had also accepted Rs 15 lakh cash on the same occasion and later it was deposited into Canara bank.

Jayalalithaa had declared the gifted amount as income tax return, the CBI sources claimed. Apart from this, in December 1991, she had also accepted a demand draft of Rs 3 lakh dollar which was later converted into Indian currency.

“There were 21 MLAs and AIADMK leaders among those who gifted her cash as a bribe on her birthday. Later they (AIADMK leader) were posted in some government offices at that time,” a senior CBI officer said.

The CBI on Thursday argued that the matter had come into limelight in 1996 thus the High Court verdict that it was deliberately delayed for four years is ‘unjustified’.

The CBI, after completing its probe in 2006, had filed chargesheet against Jaya and two others in the case.