Buses burn; supporters of AIADMK, DMK clash

A fine of Rs 100 crore has been imposed by the court; Rs 25 crore per accused.

By: Express News Service Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: September 28, 2014 2:43 am
The 65-year-old AIADMK chief set out from her Poes Garden residence at 8.40 AM towards airport. (Source: PTI photo) The 65-year-old AIADMK chief set out from her Poes Garden residence at 8.40 AM towards airport. (Source: PTI photo)

AIADMK supporters stoned vehicles and burnt government buses across Tamil Nadu after the Bangalore special court convicted Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Saturday.

There was massive police deployment in sensitive areas in Chennai and several other towns and cities after dozens of effigies of DMK leaders M Karunanidhi and M K Stalin were burnt.

Governor K Rosaiah met with DGP K Ramanujam, home secretary Apurva Varma and Chennai police commissioner S George in the evening. “The Governor discussed the deteriorating law and order situation with officials and asked to take immediate measures to prevent any violence,” Raj Bhavan said in a statement.

Most shops and commercial establishments in T Nagar, and shopping malls across Chennai shut immediately after violence broke out in the city. Most theatres cancelled film shows.

AIADMK supporters assaulted reporters outside Poes Garden, the residence of Jayalalithaa. A television cameraman was injured, and cameras and equipment were damaged.

Protesters pelted stones at the residence of Subramanian Swamy, who filed the petition against Jayalalithaa in 1997. DMK cadres celebrating the verdict clashed with AIADMK supporters near Karunanidhi’s residence at Gopalapuram in the city. Several DMK offices across the state were attacked, said a police officer.

The office of former union minister and DMK leader A Raja was attacked in Perambalur.

A senior official of the State Express Transport Corporation (SETC) said buses were being taken off many routes. “Two buses have been set on fire and at least 25 buses damaged across the state. Many buses were attacked at Ambattur near Chennai, Cuddalore and Salem,” he said.

Police sources said several shops in Tiruchirappalli and Dindigul had been ransacked by mobs.

A tense calm had prevailed in Chennai through the morning, as the city waited for the verdict in Bangalore. Hundreds of supporters from both the AIADMK and DMK had gathered at their respective party headquarters, equally sure that the judgment would be in their favour.

Effigies of DMK chief M Karunanidhi were kept ready for burning at the AIADMK office, while at the DMK’s office, sweets were distributed in advance celebration of Jayalalithaa’s expected conviction.

Through the morning, several cities including Coimbatore, Salem and Tutircorin reported frequent power cuts. By evening, once power supply returned to normal, people realised their cable TV connections had been cut too. AIADMK cadres patrolled Chennai on SUVs through the afternoon, shutting down shops and public places where people had gathered.

Hundreds of women gathered at the AIADMK headquarters had no doubt their Amma would emerge unscathed from the case. The daylong dancing and singing changed abruptly to tears soon after TV channels broke the news around 4 pm.

“She is being sent to jail for something that she did 18 years ago. This is not fair,” Thamarai, a familiar face at the AIADMK office, said.

At Poes Garden, a supporter of the Chief Minister attempted to immolate himself. Police and party cadres rushed in before he could do himself any harm.

Jaya’s conviction in the Pleasant Stay Hotel case in 2000 had triggered violence across the state, and claimed the lives of three women students of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University after a mob set their bus on fire near Dharmapuri.

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First Published on: September 27, 2014 11:22 am
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    Adu Idu
    Sep 27, 2014 at 10:42 pm
    I think he means everyone should be punished and in time...when almost everyone in the state was against her 14 years ago, the court / law didnt do anything. In current climate, after 18 years, Jaya is doing better administration void of family corruption compared to DMK. But the court doing it at the wrong time. court's verdict is judicially correct but useless in practical sense.
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      Adu Idu
      Sep 27, 2014 at 10:43 pm
      True, but can you expect the same to happen for other political babus.
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        Ajay
        Sep 27, 2014 at 11:45 pm
        Why burn buses? These people should be sent to prison too.
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          Awakenmedia
          Sep 28, 2014 at 1:49 am
          Subramaniyan Swamy must continue to persuade his case against the Dubakor fraud tamperable EVMs which had to be replaced totally as per the CJI, but replaced in phases as suggested by CEC Sampath and allowed by ex CJI Sadashivam helping RSS's Murderer of Democratic Insutions (MODI) to acquire the MASTER KEY.Justice Dela but not denied!Our Consution has stood the test of time!Now she is Jail Lalitha 7402!
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            calvinbryan
            Sep 28, 2014 at 2:35 am
            MALAYSIAN FORMER PM DR MAHATHIR AND THE CURRENT PM 'ROSMAH MANSOR" IS RICH TOO BUT NO ACTIONS HAS BEEN TAKEN. WHY, PUKE ON THEIR FACE THEIR WEALTH SHOULD BE CONFISCATED BY THE GOVERNMENT.
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              calvinbryan
              Sep 28, 2014 at 2:30 am
              PRAISE THE LORD.HOPE MALAYSIA TOO WILL TAKE ACTION ON THEIR MINISTERS ACCORDINGLY, INDIAN GOVERNMENT HAS PROVED THAT THEY ARE HONEST UNLIKELY MALAYSIAN LAW GOVERNMENT AND POLICE AND LAW MAKERS.
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                calvinbryan
                Sep 28, 2014 at 2:43 am
                i AM AN INDIAN WHO BORN DURING BRITISH TIME AND LIVES IN MALAYSIA, I AM PROUD OF THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT WHO HAVE PROVED THEIR HONESTY AND INDIAN INTEGRITY. GOVE SAVE THE JUDGES AND THE LAWMAKERS OF OUR INDIA.
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                  Cheran
                  Sep 28, 2014 at 9:08 am
                  Sanjay, you did ing answer to Thamarai .After all Thmarai recognizes that JJ did this 18 yrs ago. All these dravidian parties have spoiled good tamil potion by vehemently misguiding them, making the work force lazy and non committed to work (by providing undue freebees) only to take political mileage. We can not expect any thing more than people like Thamarai (I wud never say Thamarai a leader any way). There is polar difference between MGR lead AIADMK and the presen one.
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                    CMBeri
                    Sep 29, 2014 at 4:37 pm
                    The judgmentpronounced by the Special Court in Bangalore against the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jailalithaaon DA case after 18 years has evoked mixed reactions.The reasons are differentfor different people.No doubt that thejudiciary once again proved that there is equality before law and law ofthe land does not discriminate between big and small. Thecommon citizen of this country will continue to have strong faith in theJudicial System of this country. If this Judgment suffers from any legal infirmity the Superior Courts will have full opportunityto look into that, provided it is challenged before them by Miss Jailalita or someother aggrieved party. There are no two opinions on eradication of corruption from public life andpublic servants need to be punished severely for their corrupt practices, but while doingso should the law courts not give due regard to the democratic values? Any person whois charged with some offense, which is likely to result in her or hisconviction, sufficient to disqualify that person from holding the public office,should that person be allowed to contest an election for that office ? In this country our fore fathers,the Freedom fighters, the highly learned members of the Consuent embly,the Chairman and other learned Membersof the Drafting committee of the Consution of India have written at the veryoutset ,i.e. in the Preamble of the Consution of Indiawhich declares India ‘Sovereign DemocraticRepublic’, of course with certainother fundamental declarations such as equality ,fraternity etc.The Consutionhas provided for a parliamentary form ofGovt. both at the Center and the States. Our country too, like in the UnitedKingdom and U.S.A . the democratic formsof Govts. have pla a leading role for all the newly born Democracies of the world in the last three centuries or more. In any democracy, as we all know , the four well defined pillars of aDemocratic Govt. are the Executive, the Legislature, the Judiciary and thefourth wing is the Press, are universally accepted. Each organ should be ableto perform its duty independently and without interference by the other.If eachpillar of a democratic Govt. performs its duty sincerely and does’t attempt to encroach upon the others area, thenonly a Democracy can survive and functionefficiently. Our Consution makers have tried to provide for this to a great extent, but much has been left tothe wisdom of these responsible organs. In this case , Jai Lalithaa is the first Chief Minister in office who hasbeen convicted and sent to jail immediately for four years and fined Rs.100 crore by the Spcial Judge John MichaelD’Cunha under Sec.13(1) of Prevention ofCorruption Act and Sec. 120(B)( Criminal Conspiracy,Sec.109(Abetment) ofI.P.C. According to the latest Judicial pronouncements Jailalithaa will loose her membership of the StateLegislature and her position as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. The basic question which bothers an independent political thinker is as to whether can a duely electedleader of a majority Party appointed as Chief Minister by the ConsutionalHead of a State ,i.e. the Governer be thrown out of office by a Sub ordinateCourt’s order? Should a conviction under Sec. 13(1) of the Prevention of Corruption which does not fall under the category of Heinous Crimes like murder, dacoity, rape , mis- appropriation andembezzlement of public money and a crime against the State etc as defined under the I.P.C. is sufficientenough to throw out a duly elected leader of the State Legislature ? Should the mere quantum of punishment is enough to De-establish a Democraticallyand legally elected Government and and should that be sufficient to throw out a duly elected and appointed Chief Minister in such adisgraceful manner ? Should thisnot amount to undue interference in the area of Legislative and Executive functions of democraticallyelected Govt. by the Judiciary ? Is this situation not detrimental for healthy functioning of a Democracy ? Is this not a total disregard to the Peoples verdict, which the SupremeVerdict in any Democracy ? Thisbizarre situation which gives rise to aconflict between the People’s verdict and the verdict of a court needs to be clarified forthwith and needs to be settled by our Supreme Court only , which will finally settledown the position and that will be the law of the land , by taking suo moto cognizance of this situation by way of a Public Interest Litigation, in the larger interest of our Democracy and the right of the people of India to elect their representatives by a legitimate exercise of their Adult Franchise.
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                      Vin
                      Sep 27, 2014 at 9:14 am
                      Nailed!!
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                        Mukilan
                        Sep 27, 2014 at 8:23 am
                        This isn't 8 year old case. Its a 18year old case. Please editor :D lol.
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                          Tamil nadu
                          Sep 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm
                          All the ets CM jayalilitha has , is given as gift for her by public of Tamil Nadu.It is similar to the gifts given to PM Modi by indian public for becoming PM of India, in the form of vote for modi as PM campaigning by BJP.
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                            Chennai citizen
                            Sep 28, 2014 at 12:50 am
                            She was declared corrupted for possession of 66.65crores...but when she pays a penatly of 100 crores, y the judical system is not seeing that to arrange the same she vl be back to corruptionShe seems to an ideal CM...she should have been given penalty or submission of responsibility and power instead of jail
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                              Human
                              Sep 27, 2014 at 10:11 pm
                              Dont waste public property lik buses... its all our taxes.. no point of burning it. People who do mistake ll ve to get punished but dont hurt public for just one person. Pls b a human , think of everyon lik u. AMMA is not god to sacrifice ur life, she took all the money tht v earn n pay as tax n v r supportin her. THINK GUYS BE HELPFUL TO SOCIETY NOT TO POLITICIAN..
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                                Silverdust wind
                                Sep 27, 2014 at 1:06 pm
                                I wish one by one CORRUPTED politician Should Fall. Subramanian Swamy Will take care of this :D
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                                  Indian
                                  Sep 27, 2014 at 11:00 pm
                                  There is no " if she is guilty". SHE IS GUILTY, but very powerful to touch. Rajinikath tried once, many years ago, but he failed. WAKE UP TAMIL NADU !!!!!!!!!!!! Please get rid of her and encounter her people.
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                                    Sanjay Gandotra
                                    Oct 13, 2014 at 4:47 pm
                                    Good work ? 60 crores was enough good work. I
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                                      Sanjay Gandotra
                                      Oct 13, 2014 at 4:52 pm
                                      Good work ? 6o crores was not enough good work ?
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                                        Sanjay Gandotra
                                        Sep 28, 2014 at 1:56 am
                                        “She is being sent to jail for something that she did 18 years ago. This is not fair,” Thamarai, a familiar face at the AIADMK office, said.Dear Thamarai, please suggest a time limit after which a criminal becomes immune to law.
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                                          Indain
                                          Sep 27, 2014 at 8:24 am
                                          Postponement of verdict does not bode well. Typically it means an unfavourable verdict and it is given closer to end of the day to contain any fallout of law and order. But TN hopes Amma is acquitted and allowed to continue her good work.
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                                            Mansoor
                                            Sep 28, 2014 at 10:07 am
                                            o Jaya Mania! enough of your crocodile tears... all corrupt politicians are equal and all have to be punished...... Hey JAC, hope you are not another corrupt AIADMK man who is shedding........ all politicians are here to do Business Sirji and not do free services
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