Jayalalitha convicted in DA case

A special court in Bangalore sentenced Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa to four-year imprisonment besides imposing a fine of Rs 100 crore on her in an 18-year-old disproportionate assets (DA) case. Justice John Michael Cunha held Jayalalithaa guilty under Sections 109 and 120 (b) of the IPC and Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, for amassing wealth disproportionate to known sources of her income.

Jayalalithaa’s close associates V.K. Sasikala, V.N. Sudhakaran and J. Illavarasi, co-accused in the case, were also held guilty of the same charges and were sentenced to four-year simple imprisonment besides being slapped a fine of Rs 10 crore each.

Sudhakran is Sasikala’s nephew and Illavarasi is her sister in-law.

Counsels representing the prosecution said the court had found disproportionate assets worth Rs 53 crore in Jayalalithaa’s possession. They said the fines imposed on the four accused would be arranged to be raised from the assets acquired by them from their ill-gotten wealth.

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