Sasikala DA case: AIADMK chief gets 4-year jail, can't contest elections for 10 years
The verdict ends Sasikala's bid to be Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. She has also been barred from contesting an election for the next 10 years.
Amidst the turmoil in Tamil Nadu government over "power war", the Supreme Court on Tuesday convicted AIADMK chief VK Sasikala in a disproportionate assets case, paving way for acting chief minister O Panneerselvam for the CM's post.
The AIADMK chief been sentenced to 4 years in jail and asked to pay a fine of Rs 10 crore.
With the Supreme Court's judgment, the AIADMK chief cannot contest for 10 years, summarily her dream to become Tamil Nadu chief minister is over.
The apex court ordered her to surrender immediately. She was accused number two in the Rs 66-crore disproportionate assets case.
A Bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Amitava Roy delivered separate judgments on appeals filed by the Karnataka government and others against the acquittal of Jayalalithaa, Sasikala, J. Ilavarasi and V.N. Sudhakaran in the case earlier.
In this Sasikala DA case, Karnataka government had appealed against the acquittal of the accused by the High Court for offences under Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.
With Jayalalithaa’s death during the pendency of the appeals in the Supreme Court, charges against her would automatically abate. The other accused in the case are Sasikala's relatives V N Sudhakaran and Elavarasi. All four had been convicted by the trial court, but acquitted by the Karnataka High Court.