JAYARAM Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has been sentenced to four years in jail and slapped a fine of Rs 100 crore in corruption case. Jayalalithaa’s aides – V K Sasikala, V N Sudhakaran, and J Ilavarasi have been also sent to four years in jail and fine of Rs 12 crore.
All have been convicted under Section 13(2) and 13(1) (e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 in the 18-year-old disproportionate assets case.
Jayalalithaa, one of India’s most colourful and controversial politicians, a former actress and her life has been marked by a series of high and lows.
According to media reports, the Rs 66.65-crore assets case was filed before a special court in Chennai in 1997 by Tamil Nadu’s Department of Vigilance and Anti Corruption (DVAC). Then Jayalalithaa’s first term was as Chief Minister from 1991 to 1996.
Later in 2003, Supreme Court had transferred the case to Bangalore’s Special Court. DMK leader K Anbazhagan has filed a petition in the case.
The conviction will lead to her immediate disqualification as an MLA and subsequent stepping down as Chief Minister.
Judge John Michael Cunha pronounced the verdict.