Disproportionate Assets Case: Prosecution says it has proved its case against Jayalalithaa, other accused

Disproportionate Assets Case: Prosecution says it has proved its case against Jayalalithaa, other accused

By: || Updated: 27 Sep 2014 02:33 PM
Bangalore:  Prosecutors involved an 18-year-old disproportionate assets case filed against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa and three other accused, said Saturday that they had proved beyond reasonable doubt the guilt of all them, and added that Jayalalithaa has been taken into custody notwithstanding her ongoing medical treatment for dizziness.



Talking to media outside the premises of a special court in Bangalore this evening, Special Public Prosecutor Bhavani Singh and Assistant Public Prosecutor Mrugesh M. said Jayalalithaa is being provided medical attention and treatment, and following its completion, she will be imprisoned as per the court's verdict and direction.


They further revealed that the fine of Rs.100 crores levied on Jayalalithaa would be adjusted most probably from the properties in her ownership.


Bhavani Singh said, "Today, a special court convicted the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. She has been given simple imprisonment of four years. She has been fined of 100 crores."


Mrugesh said, "There is a provision that it was taken that the property was disproportionate. The prosecution has proved its case, and we have done our job. The law is taking its course. She has been taken into custody. Medical treatment will be done, and then, she will be sent to jail. She has to pay a fee of Rs.100 crores, which will be adjusted from the properties she owns."


When asked whether the Tamil Nadu chief minister can apply for bail, the prosecutors said that as per law, a convicted person can apply for bail if his or her sentence is within the permissible three years. As she has been sentenced to four years in prison, she was not entitled to file a bail application, they added.


They said that her lawyers can certainly move the Karnataka High Court to take a more lenient view of the current sentencing.


Jayalalithaa was sentenced to serve four years in jail and asked to pay a fine Rs.100 crores in connection with a disproportionate assets case by a Bangalore Special Court on Saturday.The AIADMK chief was declared 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.


Her three other co-accused-one time close aide Sasikala Natarajan, her niece Ilavarasi and her nephew and disowned foster son Sudhakaran were asked to pay fines of Rs.10 crores each and sentenced to serve jail terms of six months each.


The verdict was delivered at a makeshift court in the Parappana Agrahara prison complex in the presence of Jayalalithaa and the other accused.


The verdict means that Jayalalithaa stands disqualified as an MLA of the Tamil Nadu State Assembly, and therefore, she will have to step down as chief minister.


Earlier in the day, AIADMK supporters picketed and protested outside the court premises, at the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border and outside the residence of DMK leader M.Karunanidhi.


Police had to resort to a baton charge to disperse the gathering and bring a sense of order to the area.


The AIADMK chief has been convicted for obtaining assets worth almost Rs 66 crores through dishonest means during her first tenure as chief minister between 1991 and 1996. Jayalalithaa's former friend V K Sasikala, V N Sudhakaran and J Illavarasi are the three co-accused in the case. 

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