Sasikala Natarajan will have to spent an additional 13 months in jail if she fails to pay the fine of Rs 10 crore imposed on her by the Supreme Court of India which convicted her in the disproportionate assets case.
A circular was issued on Tuesday which directed her to pay the fine failing which she would have to spend 13 months in jail apart from the 3.6 year sentence she is serving since the past week.
Bengaluru, Feb 21: Three ministers in the newly sworn in government of the Tamil Nadu were not allowed to meet Sasikala Natarajan at the central jail in Bengaluru.
The three ministers D Srivasan, Sengottaiyan and Sellur Raju had travelled from Chennai to meet Sasikala who is lodged in jail after she was convicted in the disproportionate assets case.
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It was the year 2000, and the special court in Chennai had started evaluating the assets belonging to Jayalalithaa which the prosecution had said was disproportionate to her known source of income.
The first task for the judge was to evaluate the jewellery which was filled in three suitcases. However it was a bus that caught the eye of both the court staff as well as the journalists who were present in the court.
There is no doubt that the marriage of Sudhakaran the former foster son of Jayalalithaa was a lavish affair. It was this wedding that became the basis of the disproportionate assets case in which a conviction was recorded by the trial court and then the Supreme Court.
There are several incidents that transpired both in and outside the courts which were a subject of discussion for legal correspondents covering the trial. Journalists from Bengaluru and Chennai would very often discuss such incidents over coffee and cigarettes.
Karnataka has sent a bill of Rs 12.04 crore to Tamil Nadu in connection with the Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case. The bill details the expenditure incurred by Karnataka while conducting the DA case between 2004 and 2016.
The bill has details of the court charges, security, fees of lawyers, salary of judges and also the security arrangements made in connection with the case. The expenses were incurred by the chief accountant, the registrars of the city civil court and the Karnataka high court and the home department.
For senior counsel B V Acharya, the special public prosecutor in the Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case, it is a job well done. He has battled all odds, stood his ground and ensured that the case of 20 years was taken to its logical conclusion. Acharya’s stint as the SPP in this case was anything but easy.
Brutally honest and straight forward, he was a thorn for the accused. He had to deal with the frustrations of the numerous adjournments and also those chaotic scenes in court. In 2012, he came under immense pressure from the then BJP government in Karnataka to give up either the post of advocate general or SPP.
The prosecution called it a water-tight case and in the words of B V Acharya, the special public prosecutor in the Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case, the case mandated only a conviction.
The Supreme Court while upholding the conviction said that Jayalalithaa and her close aide Sasikala had crores worth of property which also included, gold, cars and watches.
The court which delivered its verdict on Tuesday took into consideration gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 2.51 crore and wrist watches worth Rs 15.9 lakh were part of the over Rs 50 crore assets amassed by late AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, her close aide V K Sasikala and two others.
Sasikala will have to eat jail cooked food and share the barrack with two women. A request for an AC cell too has been rejected by the court. Sasikala had a list of demands before she was taken to jail. They included home cooked food as well as an AC room.