Jailed AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa on Monday moved the Karnataka High Court seeking bail and challenging her conviction in the disproportionate assets case. Jayalalithaa’s aide Sasikala, her relatives V N Sudhakaran and Ilavarasi also approach the High Court.
Jayalalithaa was sentenced to four years in jail in an 18-year-old corruption case and fined a staggering Rs 100 crore by a special court whose verdict unseats her from the post and could send her to political exile for 10 years.
The first conviction of a sitting Chief Minister in a corruption case comes as a massive blow to Jayalalithaa who had won nearly two-thirds majority in the assembly elections in 2011 and which are due in 18 months.
Along with the 66-year-old AIADMK supremo, three others – Jayalalithaa’s close friend Sasikala, Sasikala’s niece Ilavarasi and her nephew and Chief Minister’s disowned foster son Sudhakaran – were convicted and sentenced to four years of jail term and fined Rs 10 crore by special judge John Michael D’Cunha.
They have been convicted on the charges of amassing properties disproportionate to their known sources of income under the Prevention of Corruption Act and criminal conspiracy in the Indian Penal Code. (With PTI inputs)
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines