Sasikala: Poes To Prison

Jaya too found guilty; sen­tence dis­qual­i­fies Sasi from con­test­ing elec­tions for 10 years

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

the Supreme Court de­liv­er­ing a deadly blow to Sasikala’s chief min­is­te­rial am­bi­tions, gov­er­nor Vidyasagar Rao is ex­pected to or­der a floor test soon to end the im­passe in Tamil Nadu

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has vir­tu­ally ended AIADMK gen­eral sec­re­tary VK Sasikala’s chief min­is­te­rial am­bi­tions when it up­held her con­vic­tion in a ₹ 66-crore dis­pro­por­tion­ate­as­setscase­by­a­tri­al­court­that sen­tenced­herto­fouryears’im­pris­on­ment. Sasikala, who has roughly spent two months in jail ear­lier, will have to sur­ren­der be­fore a Ban­ga­lore lower court, the top court di­rected. How­ever, re­ports from Chen­nai said she was wait­ing for a copy of the ver­dict be­fore sur­ren­der­ing.

The­con­vic­tiondis­qual­i­fiesh­er­from con­testin­g­elec­tions­for­sixyearsi­nad­di­tion to the four years she will be in jail. Her camp said it would seek a re­viewof the­judge­ment,which­maynot help as the re­view will be done by the samebench.Jus­ticesPi­nakiChan­dra Ghose and Ami­tava Roy in their ver­dict held for­mer TN CM Jay­alalithaa toogu­iltyof be­ing­partof the­con­spir­acy to trans­fer her ill-got­ten wealth to Sasikala and her ex­tended fam­ily through sev­eral firms. J Elavarasi, Sasikala’s elder brother’s wife, and V Sud­hakaran, son of Sasikala’s elder sis­ter, too have been convicted. Jaya had adopt­edSud­hakaran ash­er­fos­ter­son,only to dis­own him later. All of them were s e n t e n c e d by a Beng alur u trial court to four years im­pris­on­ment and asked to de­posit ₹ 10 crore fine for abet­ting a crim­i­nal con­spir­acy.The­tri­al­was­con­ducte­din Kar­nataka un­der the SC or­der. They were also sen­tenced to an­other six months and ₹ 10,000 fine un­der the Preven­tion of Cor­rup­tion Act. How­ever,theKar­natakahigh­courtin May 2015 over­turned the con­vic­tion. Tuesday’s ver­dict has set aside the high­cour­torderan­drestored­the­trial court ver­dict. The trial court had also di­rected that the fine be re­cov­ered from Jay­alalithaa’s as­sets left over and the other con­victs’ fixed de­posits, goldan­dother­jew­ellery.Ther­est­shall be sold to re­cover any short­fall.

All im­mov­able prop­er­ties reg­is­teredinthe71­name­sof LexProp­erty De­vel­op­ments,Mead­owA­groFarms, Ra­ma­raj Agro Mills, Sig­nora Busi­ness En­ter­prises, River­way Agro Prod­ucts and Indo Doha Chem­i­cals and Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, shall be con­fis­cated, the SC ver­dict said, re­viv­ing the spe­cial court or­der. “The facts and cir­cum­stances proved in ev­i­dence un­doubt­edly point out that A2 to A4 (Sasikala and her­rel­a­tives)wereac­com­mo­date­din the house pur­suant to the crim­i­nal con­spir­acy hatched by them to hold her as­sets,” the court recorded.

Sasikala wait­ing for a copy of the Supreme Court ver­dict be­fore sur­ren­der­ing

Flow of money from one ac­count to the other proves that there ex­isted ac­tive con­spir­acy to laun­der Jay­alalithaa’s ill-got­ten wealth for pur­chas­ing prop­er­ties in the names of firms Gov­er­nor pays heed to the com­plaints of chief min­is­ter O Pan­neer­sel­vam and takes se­ri­ous note of claims by OPS camp that MLAs are held cap­tive. How­ever, since OPS does not have num­bers, gov­er­nor in­vites Palaniswami to form govt and calls for a floor test im­me­di­ately af­ter the swear­ing-in Both Palaniswami and Pan­neer­sel­vam fail to prove ma­jor­ity but refuse to side with DMK. Gov­er­nor in­vokes tem­po­rary Pres­i­dent’s rule by bring­ing into force Ar­ti­cle 355. Not more than six months’ time is given to par­ties to prove ma­jor­ity in House and stake claim, fail­ing which assem­bly could be dis­solved and a call on fresh elec­tions could be made

Sasikala and kin claimed to have in­de­pen­dent sources of in­come, but the fact that they set up firms and ac­quired land from Jay­alalithaa’s funds in­di­cated that they had not con­gre­gated in her house for so­cial living

Jaya did not al­low them free stay out of hu­man­i­tar­ian con­cern. Rather they were al­lowed to stay con­se­quent to a con­spir­acy hatched by them to hold her as­sets

Jaya ad­mit­ted to I-T au­thor­i­ties that she had loaned 1 crore to one such firm

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