Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has been convicted by a special court in Bangalore in the 18-year-old 66.65 crores disproportionate assets case against her. This verdict left Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK party stunned and casting a massive shadow on her political future. This will have huge ramifications on the state polity and her government.
The sentence under the Prevention of Corruption Act is arrived against Jayalalithaa. The special court sentenced four years of jail and a penalty of 100 crores. Special judge John Michael D’Cunha also convicted Jayalalithaa’s close aide Sasikala Natarajan, her niece Ilavarasi and her nephew and disowned foster son Sudhakaran. They were found guilty of acquiring Rs. 66.65 crore worth of assets by corrupt means between 1991 and 1996 during Jayalalithaa’s first tenure as CM.