The Supreme Court today (14) on Tuesday convicted Sasikala Natarajan under charges of the disproportionate assets case.
According to reports from Tamil Nadu, the much awaited verdict would eventually decide the fate of the Tamil Nadu government as Sasikala will not be allowed to take over as chief minister.
In addition, she would not be allowed to contest elections for 10 years.
The disproportionate asset case against Jayalalithaa goes way back to her chief ministerial tenure that began in 1991.
Reports against her suggested that she misused her office to accrue properties worth more than Rs 66 crore, that did not add up to her known sources of income. The case had particularly strengthened against her when her foster son got married in 1996 in an extravagant wedding ceremony.
The properties under purview include large tracts of agricultural land in Tamil Nadu, a tea estate in Nilgiris, a large number of luxury cars, jewellery valuing crores of rupees and cash in banks. The trial of the case has been going on for the last 20 years and was shifted outside Chennai by the opposition party, DMK for the sake of a fairer jurisdiction.
Brief timeline of the disproportionate assets case
June 14, 1996- Subramanian Swamy filed a case against Jayalalithaa’s acquisition of wealth
June 18, 1996- The DMK led government filed an FIR against the former chief minister
June 4, 1997- Chargesheet filed against Jayalalithaa, Sasikala, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran
May 14, 2001- Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK was voted back to power in Tamil Nadu
February 28, 2003- A special appeal to the Supreme Court is filed by the DMK to shift the case outside Tamil Nadu for fairer proceedings
November 18, 2003- The Supreme Court directed the case to be transferred to Bangalore
March 2005- The trial started in Bangalore
September 27, 2014- The court convicted Jayalalithaa, Sasikala and the others under charges of illegal property acquisition. All of them were lodged in the Parappana Agrahara central jail in Bangalore
September 29, 2014- Jayalalithaa filed a bail plea in the Karnataka High Court
October 7, 2014- The Karnataka High Court rejected the bail plea
October 17, 2014- Supreme Court granted bail to Jayalalithaa
May 11, 2015- Karnataka High Court appealed against the acquittal of Jayalalithaa to the Supreme Court
May 23, 2016- Jayalalithaa came back to power as chief minister again
December 5, 2016- Jayalalithaa passed away
February 14, 2017- Sasikala convicted by the Supreme Court.
(Courtesy Indian Express)