Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was convicted by Bangalore Special Court on Saturday afternoon amid high-drama. The trial of 18 years will reach its climax once the quantum of the punishment in the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Disproportionate Assets (DA) case will come out on in the afternoon at 3 pm. The final verdict of the 66.65 crores DA case is going to be a crucial part of Tamil Nadu’s political scenario and will also mark the end the saga of the 18 year old battle. The case was filed on 14th June 1996 by now senior BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy, 18 years ago.
The verdict will be delivered by Special Judge John Michael D’Cunha at a makeshift court in the Parappana Agrahara prison complex. The security has been beefed up; the area in and around the court and chief minister’s house has turned into a virtual fortress with reportedly five layers of security. The verdict, which was earlier scheduled for September 20, got deferred to September 27 as the Karnataka High Court had to issue a notification regarding shifting of the court to facilitate the Bangalore police to make security arrangements for the Chief Minister.
All you need to know about Jayalalithaa Disproportionate Assets case:
1. The case was thrusted by DMK who directed Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) during the first tenure of Jayalalitha in between 1991-96. Dr. Subramanian Swamy filed complaint against the now Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. The case was filed by the vigilance wing of Tamil Nadu police during the tenure of DMK government. The DVAC registered a FIR against Jayalalithaa.
2. The case that was registered by Tamil Nadu DVAC in 1997 had accused Jayalalitha along with V K Sasikala, V N Suhakaran, and J Illavarasi acquired 66.65 crore disproportionate assets.
3. V K Sasikala, V N Suhakaran, and J Illavarasiwho were part of this abetted offence by acting as‘Benami’ owners of 32 private firms.
4. After Jayalalithaa took up charge again as a Chief Minister, the special court named Special Public Prosecutor for 66.65 crore Disproportionate Assets case.
5. Farm houses, bungalows, agricultural lands in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh; tea estates in Nilgiri, and a lot of gold jewellery and cash were reportedly seized.
6. The quantum of sentence hasn’t been announced yet but now that she is convicted, it will not only dent her image but she will have to step down from the post of chief minister and could be sentenced for 1-7 years.
7. Once Jayalalithaa steps down, O. Panneerselvam, the Finance Minister and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu could be the next to take up the position or AIDMK MLAs will meet and elect a new leader.
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