Jayalalithaa convicted for 4 years in jail
- 100 crore fine levied
- May appeal in High Court on Monday
- Sent to Bangalore Central Jail
- Supporters upset, angry
Bangalore, September 27: The conviction of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in the case of disproportionate assets has sent shock waves across the political class in the country. In the 18 year old case first filed by Dr Subramanian Swamy and pursued by the DMK, Jayalalithaa was sentenced to four years in jail and a penalty of Rs 100 crore. She was taken into custody soon after the sentence was read out in a Bangalore court. The case was shifted to Bangalore after Jayalalithaa became CM in 2012 on a request from the DMK which expressed fears that the CM might influence the proceedings of the case.
After the amendment lady year, any law maker who is convicted would become disqualified to be a member of any legislature and cannot continue in any position of political power. Jayalalithaa became the first CM to be disqualified under the amended law. She is disqualified to continue as CM and is barred from contesting election for six years after the end of her jail term if a higher court refused to reverse the judgment. In all, she has to keep away from elections for ten years.
It is almost the end of political career as Dr Subramanian Swamy commented. Her supporters are furious and they enforced an impromptu bandh in Chennai. They also stoned the residences of DMK chief Karunanidhi and Dr Swamy.
Jayalalithaa has to resign and appoint a proxy. The demand for presidential rule may not be considered by the Centre. Jayalalithaa ‘s AIADMK had won 37 out of 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu in the general elections four months ago.
The charges against Jayalalithaa pertain to her first term as CM in 1991-1996 during which time she took a monthly salary of one rupee but allegedly acquired an illegal property worth Rs 62 crore. She was accused of acquiring 2000 acres of land, 2000 satires and more than 30 kilos of gold. About 28 kilos of hold was confiscated during the CBI raids.
Jayalalithaa is likely to appeal in High Court against the judgment on Monday. She earlier alleged that the reason behind pursuing the case was political vendetta. She complained that her income was shown less and the properties are valued more in order to implicate her in the case.