Jaya convicted, sent to jail for 4 years

Court also slaps Rs 100 cr fine ; She's ineligible to contest polls for 10 years

Jaya convicted, sent to jail for 4 years

In a landmark verdict, a special CBI court here on Saturday held Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha guilty of amassing wealth disproportionate to her known sources of income and sentenced her to four years’ simple imprisonment and levied a fine of Rs 100 crore.

The conviction led to her immediate disqualification as an MLA. However, it was not immediately clear whether she would require to formally resign and lose the position of chief minister of Tamil Nadu as well.

With her instant disqualification, Jaya will be ineligible to contest election to the state Assembly or Parliament for a minimum of 10 years, unless her conviction is set aside.

Putting an end to the 18-year-old case, Special Judge John Michael D’Cunha also sentenced the other accused, Sasikala Natarajan, Sudhakaran and Ilavarasi, to four years simple imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 10 crore each.  All of them were convicted under Sections 13(2) and 13(1)(e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act,1988.

Jayalalitha and others were taken into judicial custody as the special court does not have the jurisdiction to grant bail since the sentencing exceeded three years.
The court proceedings began at 11 am. Delivering the verdict in the morning, the judge stated that the prosecution has proved its case and the accused have been found guilty of amassing Rs 53.64 crore and are thus convicted.

Quantum of punishment

When the accused insisted on a hearing on the sentencing, the judge pronounced the quantum of punishment around 1:30 pm and all the accused insisted that lenience be given by way of a minimum sentencing.

The prosecution comprising Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) G Bhavani Singh and assistant advocate for SPP Murugesh S Maradi objected and requested the court to award maximum sentence.

 The judge accepted their submission and pronounced the final verdict around 5 pm.
When Jayalalitha sought special treatment citing health reasons, the prosecution submitted that it will be the State government’s responsibility. Jayalalitha got a similar reply when her counsel mentioned about the threat to her life and requested for “Z” category security.

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