The long-awaited verdict in the Tamil Nadu CM Jayalithaa’s case is out in the Bangalore Special Court at Parapana Agrahara.
This is in connection with the acquisition of disproportionate assets case and she has been charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act under sections 13 (1) for Criminal Misconduct by Public Servants,109 for abetting and Section 120 B (Criminal Conspiracy)
The case was filed in 1996 by Dr.Subramaniam Swamy.
This relates to.
The conduct of Jayalalithaa’s adopted son Sudhakaran at a cost of Rs 5 Crore.
2000 acres of Land and farms.
Possession of 1200 pairs of footwear and
12.000 Silk Sarees.
( This pales against 2 G and other scams Rs 1,86,000 Crore and above)
The Court had pronounced the accused Jayalalithaa, Sasikala,Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran Guilty.
The quantum of punishment , Jayalalithaa,
Four years Imprisonment and Rs 100 Crore Fine,,failing with additional one year in Jail”for others 4 years imprisonment and Rs ten crore fine, failing which additional one year imprisonment for Jayalalithaa and six months for the others,
The section attracts a total of 7 years imprisonment.
However the Court has its discretion.
Bail and appeal procedures will follow,
However the chances of relief seem to be remote considering the time taken for the conclusion of the case,17 years,, and the detailed way the court has gone about the case.
Jayalalithaa will lose her MLA post and has to resign as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
If the quantum of sentence is more than three years, bail may be granted.
In any case Jayalalithaa may have to spend at least two days in prison(Saturday and Sunday)
She may appoint a benami CM probably O.Pannerselvam who has been the Nominee CM when Jayalalithaa was convicted in TANSI Land case.
She might go in for a snap election well ahead of the next election in about one and a half-year.
Sympathy vote might work in her favor.
But she will be out of Politics at least between 5 to nine years,
Whether she would be able to control the party till then is a moot question.
The next in the line for power is DMK, which has been wiped out in the recently conclude election because of 2G.
People are not in favour of DMK and Karunanidhi and CO with corruption cases and family infights.
There is a power vacuum now in Tamil Nadu.
If National Parties, especially the BJP moves in with Modi at the Center, it will be a turning point.
Is the BJP up to it?
Is it willing?
The Dravidian Parties have ruined Tamil Nadu, its social fabric and undesirable element shave found refuge in these parties and both these appeared to be invincible, with either of them coming to power.
Now Providence has given a path.
Time to get rid of them. lock stock and barrel.