Sasikala court verdict: AIADMK Chinnamma has to go to jail in DA case

Sasikala court verdict : In a big blow to AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala Natarajan, the Supreme Court on Tuesday restored her conviction as well as the four-year jail sentence in a disproportionate assets case.

The September 2014 judgment of the trial court convicting and sentencing her and her two relatives – V.N. Sudhakaran and J. Elavarasi – was restored by a bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Amitava Roy. The court, in the process, set aside the May 11, 2015 Karnataka High Court order, which acquitted the three and late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa in the case.

As the result of the latest Sasikala case judgement, the AIADMK Chinnamma will go to jail for four years. She will also be out of the electoral field for 10 years because of the Sasikala court verdict. While restoring the conviction and sentencing by the trial court in “full including the consequential directions”, the bench ordered the court to take immediate steps to ensure that Sasikala, Sudhakaran and Elavarasi “serve out the remainder of sentence awarded them and take further steps in compliance of this judgment.”

Sasikala Natarajan C Vidyasagar Rao meeting

Sasikala Natarajan C Vidyasagar Rao meeting

Justice Ghose praised the trial court for being “meticulous, sensitive, vigilant and judicious in appraisal” and added that the High Court judgment and order “suffers from manifest errors on the face of the record, both on facts and in law and is liable to be set-aside”.

“The unimpeded, frequent and spontaneous inflow of funds from the account of Jayalalithaa to those of the other co-accused and the firms/companies involved, overwhelmingly demonstrate their collective culpable involvement in the transactions,” the court stated on the Sasikala court verdict.

“True that in course of the investigation, some documents had been seized which were not adduced in evidence being construed to be irrelevant for substantiating the charge, but it did not certainly tantamount to suppression thereof so as to afflict the trial with the vice of unfairness and non-transparency as alleged,” the court went on to add on the Sasikala case judgement.

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