assets case against J Jayalalithaa, N Sasikalaa, J Elavarasi, VN Sudhakaran….convicted for offences punishable under Section 120(B) of the IPC
(criminal conspiracy), 13(1) of the Prevention Corruption Act (criminal
misconduct by public servants) and 109 (abetment)…case was
registered by Tamil Nadu police in 1996, after Subramanian
Swamy moved courts and obtained necessary directions…..
They say that the wheels of justice turn slowly (all of 18 years) but
they grind exceedingly fine- no less a fine than 100 crores and a jail
term of four years. If the Supreme Court does not issue a stay
order (unlikely), Jayalalithaa Jayaram, will lose her status as an
Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) and will be required to dissolve her
cabinet with immediate effect.
JJ famously added an “a” to her name on the advice of astrologers (we hope she gets her money back). Sad to say, she was a top-notch student who could have made an
outstanding contribution to society, perhaps as a Mars rocket-woman. But
she got corrupted by her mentor MG Ramachandran (MGR) and then, in her role as Puratchi
Thalaivi (revolutionary leader of the Dravidas) chose to make the whole society corrupt. Her rise and fall mirrors that of Lalu Yadav: first, a sub-altern captain in the army of Jay Prakash (JP) Narayan, then, a new-age Krishna for the Yadavas, and now instrumental in his own deep-dive into ignominy.
This is to be expected when happens when you run a state as a personal fiefdom (both the Dravida parties are equally guilty of this). It was really the DMK led scandals that helped bring about the fall of the Congress.
And now all of Tamil Nadu is on fire. Hopefully not too many people will be killing themselves (as well as other people).
Amidst all the smoke and heat, a shout-out to the man who is a perennial thorn to people in power- Subramaniam Swamy. It was Swami-ji who unearthed the damning letter from the PMO (Manmohan Singh) indicating that MMS knew about Coal-gate. Just as it was his single-handed efforts which ensured that the case against Jayalalitha was registered back in 1996.
Bangalore Saturday held Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa guilty
of amassing assets disproportionate to known sources of her income
during 1991-96. Special judge John Michael Cunha pronounced the
order in a special court set up in the central jail at Parapanna
Agrahara in the city’s southern suburb amid tight security.
5:00 pm: Jayalalithaa has been sentenced to 4 years in jail. She has to pay a fine of Rs 100 crore as well.
4:15 pm: Nearly 20 buses were damaged in stone-pelting in Cuddalore district.
3: 45 pm: Appearing before the court four times,
Jayalalithaa has answered 1,339 questions in closed door hearings during
which she has maintained that the case was “politically motivated” and
“fabricated” at the instance of her rival DMK.
Karnataka government has so far spent Rs 2.86 crore on playing host to
the case, according to documents obtained by an RTI activist. [CNN IBN]
3:20 pm: Violence erupts in Tamil Nadu following the verdict. Traffic halted in many places and a bus has been burnt in Kancheepuram.
3: 05 pm: The verdict was delivered at a makeshift
court in the Parappana Agrahara prison complex in Bangalore where
Jayalalithaa and the other accused were present.
3: 00 pm: The maximum jail term she could face is 7
years, while the minimum is one year. If she is sentenced for less than 3
years, she can apply for bail, else she will be sent to prison.
2: 55 pm: 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 conduct of fair trial
with Jayalalithaa as chief minister.
2: 50 pm: Pronouncing the order, special Judge John
Michael Cunha held Jayalalithaa guilty of amassing wealth
disproportionate to known sources of her income under sections 109 and
120 (b) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 13 of the Prevention of
Corruption Act, 1988, said Special Public Prosecutor G. Bhavani Singh.”The quantum of sentence will be decided by the judge later, which can range from two to seven years,” Singh added.
2:45 pm: According to reports, Jayalalithaa is likely to appoint a partyman as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
2: 43 pm: Following this judgement, Jayalalithaa
automatically stands disqualified as an MLA of the Tamil Nadu assembly
and will have to step down as the chief minister immediately.
2: 40 pm: Earlier on Friday, Jayalalithaa’s plea to
postpone the pronouncement of its verdict in the disproportionate assets
case was rejected by the Supreme Court.
2: 26 pm: The AIADMK chief is accused of obtaining
assets worth almost Rs. 66 crore through dishonest means during her
first tenure as Chief Minister from 1991 to 1996.
2: 22 pm: All the four convicted in the 18-year-old corruption case. Sentencing and quantum of punishment to be made at 3 PM
2: 20 pm: Jayalalithaa is convicted under prevention of corruption act.
AIADMK supporters, police clash
police in Bangalore had to resort to a lathi-charge to control dozens of
AIADMK supporters who were protesting against the conviction of
Jayalalithaa. Heavy security has been deployed in Bangalore to main
peace and order in the city.
The case: The
Rs 66.65-crore assets case dates back to Jayalalithaa’s first term as
the chief minister, from 1991 to 1996. It was filed before a special
court in Chennai in 1997 by the Tamil Nadu’s Department of Vigilance and
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 conduct of fair trial with
Jayalalithaa as chief minister.
Jayalalithaa, who has seen
several ups and downs in her political career, in 2001 too had to quit
as Tamil Nadu chief minister following the Supreme Court declaring null
and void the action of the then Governor Fatima Beevi appointing her as
the chief minister as she had been sentenced to two years rigorous
imprisonment in a corruption case.
Thereafter, O Paneerselvan, a junior minister in her council of ministers, was appointed as the state’s chief minister. However, by 2002, she was cleared of all charges and sworn-in again as the chief minister.