“We find no merit, dismissed," an Apex Court bench of Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh observed.

The Apex Court had earlier extended till June 16 its order staying the trial in a DA case against Jayalalithaa by a Bangalore court, saying there was confusion over the ownership of properties attributed to her.

Jayalalithaa had pleaded the court that trial should not proceed against her till the ownership of the immovable assets was decided by the Madras High Court.

The proceedings relate to the plea of various companies alleging that some of the properties, shown as part of the disproportionate assets of Jayalalithaa, actually belonged to them.

The DMK government had in 1996 filed a disproportionate assets case against Jayalalithaa and three others - VK Sasikala, VN Sudhakaran and J Illavarasi. Jayalalithaa faces charges of accumulation of over Rs 66 crore worth of assets disproportionate to her known sources of income during her first stint as Tamil Nadu chief minister between 1991-96.

The case was shifted to Bangalore in 2003 following a Supreme Court directive on a petition alleging that a fair trial was not possible in Chennai during her tenure as Chief Minister then.


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