Sasikala set to go to Jail after Supreme Court upholds conviction

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Former Tamilnadu CM Jayalatithaa‘s political and personal aid, Sasikala is all set to go to jail after supreme court upheld the judgement by a special court in Bengaluru, which was announced in 2014. As a result of the announcement, Sasikala will spend 4 years of her remaining term in Jail. She will be taken into custody shortly.

The landmark decision came in the disproportionate assets case, which was filed initially in 1996 against Jayalalithaa and Sasikala. This announcement is a big setback to Sasikala and her supporters who were vouching for her to be the next CM of the state. The decision of conviction, disqualifies her from being a legislator, let along being chief minister. Also, this decision by supreme court kind of puts an end to high level political drama in Tamilnadu, ever since Panneerselvam had accused Sasikala of forcing him to resign from the post of chief minister.

The decision also comes as a huge boost to the Panneerselvam camp, whose chances of becoming CM again have gone up.

The judgement was announced by a two member bench of Supreme Court having Justices Amitava Roy and Pinaki Chandra Ghosh as the judges.

The legal proceedings of the case started way back in 1996, when the case was filed against Jayalalithaa and Sasikala. However, the case was transferred to Bengaluru after one of the DMK leaders moved to court and alleged that the trail might not be fair if it is continued in Chennai, provided Jayalalithaa was the chief minister at that time. The Bengaluru court had convicted Jayalalithaa and 3 others in the case and had sentenced them to 4 years in Jail and INR 100 Crore fine.

After the conviction, Jayalalithaa was disqualified as an MLA and had to resign from the post of chief minister. However, on May 11th, 2015, Karnataka High Court acquitted her of all charges and Jayalalithaa was again in power after 2016 assembly elections. Karnataka government had moved to Supreme Court against the judgement of Karnataka high court and the result of which is announced today.

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