SC convicts Sasikala in DA case; cannot become the CM of TN, or contest elections for 10 years
The Supreme Court today convicted Sasikala along with Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran in the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case.
The verdict disqualifies Sasikala from becoming a legislator, and consequentially she can’t be chief minister either. The bench read the operative portion of the voluminous judgement saying that “according to the materials and evidence place on record, we set aside the judgement and the order of the high court and affirm in toto the judgement and order the trial court convicting the accused persons.”
“Since the charges framed by the trial court have been restored against all of them they will surrender forthwith before the trial court and serve the remaining part of the sentence,” the bench said. The trial court had sentenced Sasikala and her two relatives to four years imprisonment with a fine of Rs 10 crore each.
Jayalalithaa and three others, her housemaid Sasikala, Sasikala’s brother’s wife Ilavarasi and Sasikala’s nephew Sudhakaran were accused of allegedly amassing disproportionate asserts to the tune of Rs 66.65 crore during her first term as Chief Minister from 1991 to 1996.
Sasikala has also been asked by the Supreme Court to surrender immediately.
The apex court has directed that Sasikala must serve over 3 years of her remaining prison term.
A bench of Justices Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Amitav Roy, who had reserved the verdict on June 7, 2016, gave the verdict in the case on Tuesday.
Subsequently, police reached the Golden Bay resort outside Chennai to arrest Sasikala.