Tamilnadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has been convicted in a 18-year-old disproportionate assets case in Bangalore on Sept 27, 2014.
The quantum of her sentence was announced Saturday evening.
Jayalalithaa has been sentenced to four years in jail. A Rs. 100 crore fine also has been imposed on her.
The other three accused have been fined Rs 3 crore each. Jayalalitha ceases to be a MLA and CM, to be sent to jail tonight.
TV news channels were blocked from airing the news, electricity was cut and stones were pelted after the verdict was announced against Jayalalithaa in Bengaluru.
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Now, She will have to resign as the CM of Tamilnadu and will also lose her Rajya Sabha seat.
The Trial court judge John Michael D’Cunha had ordered all the accused to be present in court on the judgement day.
The verdict was delivered by a special court at the Parapanna Agrahara central jail. The police turned the jail into a virtual fortress and no one were allowed to be present in around one km near the central jail as part of unprecedented security measures.
Considering the huge Tamil population in Bangalore, around 5,000 security personnel were deployed to maintain peace.
The Karnataka government wanted to avoid a February 2000 kind of incident, where three people were burnt alive in by AIADMK activists after a special court sentenced Jayalalithaa to one year’s imprisonment.
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J Jayalalithaa, her friend Sasikala, VN Sudhakaran and J Illavarasi – were found guilty of acquiring Rs. 66.65 crore worth of assets by corrupt means between 1991 and 1996 during her tenure as CM.
The case was filed by the vigilance wing of the Tamil Nadu police in the year 1996 during the DMK rule.
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