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Disproportionate assets case: Jayalalithaa aide VK Sasikala files review petition in Supreme Court

Jayalalithaa aide and former AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala has filed a review petition in Supreme Court against her conviction in a DA case on Wednesday, media reports said.

Ousted AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala. PTI

Ousted AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala. PTI

According to News18, Sasikala was convicted by the Supreme Court and sentenced to four years in jail in a 20-year-old disproportionate assets case, dashing her plans to become the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. The conviction effectively debarred her from contesting elections for 10 years – six years after having served a jail term for four years.

The Supreme Court bench of Justice Amitava Roy and Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose had delivered separate concurring verdicts in February but had abated proceedings against late CM Jayalalithaa since she is no more.

The SC in effect had upheld in total a trial court verdict that convicted all the accused, which, however, was overturned by the Karnataka High Court later.

"Nevertheless, we reiterate that having regard to the facts, the charge framed against them by the trial court is restored," the bench had said.

On 7 June last year, the apex court had reserved its verdict in the case after hearing detailed arguments from all the parties including the Karnataka government. On 27 July 2015, the apex court had issued notices on Karnataka government's appeal seeking a stay of the high court judgement to Jayalalithaa, Sasikala and her relatives.

The Karnataka HC had on 11 May 2015 ruled that Jayalalithaa's conviction by special court suffered from infirmity and was not sustainable in law, clearing decks for her return as Tamil Nadu chief minister. The special court had in 2014 held Jayalalithaa guilty of corruption and sentenced her to four years imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 100 crore.

Jayalalithaa and three others were accused of allegedly amassing disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 66.65 crore during her first term as chief minister from 1991 to 1996.

Updated Date: May 04, 2017 10:26 AM

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