Entry into the court was restricted and only the judge, the accused and the counsel were allowed inside, he said, adding adequate police personnel have been deployed to keep public away from court premises.
Meanwhile, some Samatha Sainik Dal activists waved black flags and shouted slogans against Jayalalithaa, protesting the recent police firing on Dalits in Paramakudi in Ramanathapuram District which left seven persons dead. They were taken into custody.
The AIDMK leader had made a vain bid before the Supreme Court and special court to postpone the hearing by a few days and also to get the venue of court proceedings shifted closer to the airport. Regular proceedings in the wealth case are being held in the city civil court complex.
Jayalalithaa had contended that Karnataka government had failed to provide sufficient security.
The apex court had directed her to appear after Karnataka government assured it of providing foolproof security in tune with her Z plus category status and elite National Security Guard cover.
The trial of the disproportionate assets case relates to alleged accumulation of assets worth over Rs 66 crore by Jayalalithaa when she was chief minister between 1991 and 1996.
The AIADMK chief had accused the DMK of foisting false cases against her.