Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has been sentenced to four years in jail and slapped a fine of Rs. 100 crore in the 18-year-old disproportionate assets case.
Judge John Michael Cunha pronounced the verdict.
Jayalalithaa has been convicted under Section 13(2) and 13(1) (e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
The conviction will lead to her immediate disqualification as an MLA and subsequent stepping down as Chief Minister.
Jayalalitha's aide Sasikala, V N Sudhakaran, and J Ilavarasi have also been convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Judge John Michael Cunha has also sentenced Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s aides - V K Sasikala, V N Sudhakaran, and J Ilavarasi to 4 years 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.
PTI adds: The Rs. 66.65-crore assets case dates back to Jayalalithaa’s first term as Chief Minister from 1991 to 1996. It was filed before a special court in Chennai in 1997 by Tamil Nadu’s Department of Vigilance and Anti Corruption (DVAC).
The case was transferred to Bangalore’s Special Court in 2003 by the Supreme Court on a petition filed by DMK leader K Anbazhagan, who had expressed doubts over the conduct of a fair trial with Jayalalithaa as Chief Minister.(The Hindu)