Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is convicted for 4 years imprisonment and slapped with a fine of Rs 100 crore on Saturday in an 18-year-old disproportionate assets case by a special court, a verdict that raises questions over her continuance on the post.
Special Judge John Michael D’Cunha convicted the 66-year-old AIADMK Chief in a case of owning assets to the tune Rs 66.65 crores disproportionate to her known sources of income during 1991-96 when she was chief minister for the first time.
Jayalalithaa’s close aide Sasikala Natarajan, her niece Ilavarasi and her nephew and the chief minister’s disowned foster son Sudhakaran were also convicted for 4 years.
The verdict was delivered at a makeshit court in the Parappana Agrahara prison complex in the presence of Jayalalithaa and the other accused.
The judge sentenced her to imprisonment for a period of more than two years and consequently, the AIADMK leader stands disqualified from the Assembly and will have to step down as chief minister.
Violence broke out in several parts of Tamil Nadu after Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was convicted in a graft case with angry AIADMK supporters indulging in stone pelting and arson and forcing closure of shops.
Tension prevailed as protesters burnt effigies of DMK President M Karunanidhi, his sons M K Stalin and M K Alagiri and tore party posters in various places including in Chennai and Madurai.
While some protesters pelted stones at the residence of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, DMK and AIADMK supporters clashed at Gopalapuram.
Dr Subramanian Swamy, BJP leader, filed a case against Jayalalithaa alleging that during her tenure as Chief Minister from 1991 to 1996, she amassed properties worth Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate to her known sources of income.