Chennai (PTI): AIADMK workers have been instructed by their chief Jayalalithaa not to have any political dealings with her former close confidant, N Jothi, who resigned from the primary membership of the party.
Piqued by denial of a ticket to contest the biennial elections from Tamil Nadu, N Jothi, a retiring member of the Rajya Sabha, resigned from the party on Saturday and also handed over all the files concerning her various cases, in which he was her advocate.
In a release here on Sunday, Jayalalithaa described as "unethical professional practice," by Jothi, his decision to withdraw from 113 cases, including those of hers and many of her partymen.
The release said that Jothi walked out of the Supreme Court while appearing for Jayalalithaa in a case on March 12 when the party announced N Balaganga as the Rajya Sabha candidate, and immediately boarded a flight for Chennai.
Jothi is already embroiled in a controversy, wherein he is charged by the CB-CID of causing losses to the Government by flying to New Delhi on nine occasions to attend the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal proceedings in 2003, though he was not the Government counsel then.
He also stayed at the Tamil Nadu House in Delhi sans paying rent, transportation and telephone charges, all working upto a few crore rupees.
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March 17th, 2008 - 9:20 pm ICT by admin
Chennai, March 17 (IANS): AIADMK chief J. Jayalalitha Monday asked her party legislators not to associate with Rajya Sabha member N. Jothi, whose term ends this month, sparking speculation that he may be joining the ruling DMK. Jayalalitha’s statement, addressed to her party workers, comes after she denied Jothi another term in the Upper House of parliament, and instead nominated N. Balaganga.
Jothi, a leading advocate, shot to prominence as Jayalalitha’s counsel for the innumerable corruption cases filed against her by the DMK regime in 1996-2001.In many cases, she was acquitted and in many others there was not sufficient evidence to nail her.
Jothi is said to be close to DMK leader Arcot N. Veerasamy and his family.He joined the AIADMK in 1996 and was appointed secretary of its advocates’ wing. He rose in the party rank and the AIADMK chief nominated him to the Rajya Sabha in 2002.
In recent years, Jothi has been embroiled in several controversies.
The crime branch of the state police is investigating a charge against Jothi of “causing losses to the government by flying to New Delhi on nine occasions to attend the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal proceedings in 2003, though he was not the government counsel at the time”.
He is also accused of staying at the Tamil Nadu House in New Delhi and not paying lodging and boarding charges, transport and telephone bills, totalling a few millions of rupees.
Jayalalitha has accused Jothi of “unethical professional practice”, saying his decision to withdraw from AIADMK 113 cases, against her as well as others from the party, was condemnable.
Jayalalitha’s statement pointed out that Jothi walked out of the Supreme Court while appearing for her in a case March 12 when the AIADMK announced N. Balaganga’s name for Rajya Sabha membership.
Returning to Chennai, Jothi resigned from primary membership of the party, fuelling speculation that he was joining the DMK.
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Jothi accuses Sasikala of 'dominating' AIADMK
Chennai (PTI): Two days after resigning from the AIADMK for having been denied a second term to the Rajya Sabha, advocate N Jothi on Monday accused Jayalalithaa's close aide Sasikala of "dominating" the party.
Stating that the AIADMK had become a "holding company of Sasikala&Co," Jothi said only God can save the three- decade old party if it continued to be under the influence of Sasikala.
The open revolt by Jothi, who is also Jayalalithaa's counsel in several cases, comes a day after the party chief in a statement denounced him for returning 113 case files, which pertained to her, Sasikala and party functionaries.
Jothi's action was a breach of the professional ethics of lawyers, Jayalalithaa had said.
Addressing a crowded press conference here amid tight security, Jothi said Sasikala's grouse against him stemmed from a tussle he had with her nephew T T V Dinakaran, also a Rajya Sabha MP.
He alleged that Dinakaran abused him and even threatened to "eliminate" him on April 3, 2007, following his move to merge Jayalalithaa's disproportionate wealth case and London Hotel case, in which he was also involved.
His counsel did not extend cooperation to this move as they thought it would go against their interest, Jothi said.
Following this, he wrote a 19-page letter to Jayalalithaa and offered to quit from appearing in the cases. However, Jayalalithaa prevailed upon him to continue and assured that she would take necessary action, Jothi said.
Jothi claimed that Jayalalithaa had also played down the role of Sasikala, saying "she was only meant for housekeeping and maintenance of accounts and there was no need to give her respect more than that".
He said the decision to quit the party and from appearing in party cases was taken ten months ago itself, but he continued following Jayalalithaa's assurance.
The MP, whose term ends early next month, admitted that he was expecting a second term in the Upper House and was hurt when the party nominated N Balaganga for the seat.
"I was at Poes Garden (Jayalalithaa's residence) on March 10 and 11 and held discussions about a particular case. But, I was not informed about their decision to field Balaganga," he said.
Stating that Dinakaran had succeeded in "conspiring" against him, Jothi said he would rejoin the party only if Jayalalithaa came out of Sasikala's influence.
No one in the party liked Sasikala's dominance. It would be good for Jayalalithaa and the party if she ended the "unholy friendship" with Sasikala, he added.
He also denied Jayalalithaa's charge that he abruptly walked out of the Supreme Court in the midst of arguments in a case related to her, on coming to know that he was not given a renomination.
"How can I continue as their lawyer when they do not give audience to me to discuss the cases. Only vaastu experts and astrologers are being given audience," he said.
Jothi said he had returned all the case files with full details.