In the case of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, the case stood abated since she is no more, but the fine of Rs 100 crore imposed on her too will have to be recovered. So who will get this money once it is recovered?
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.
It has been a week since AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan was convicted and sent to the Bengaluru central prison after being convicted in the Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case. The media is going to town with stories on what she wears and what she eats and that she is desperately seeking a transfer to a jail in Tamil Nadu.
A prisoner swap programme is available and if both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu agree for a transfer. However, with a (Tamil Nadu) government in place that is so ‘friendly’ to her, the chances are remote.
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.
Edapaddi Palanisami took over as the 13th chief minister of Tamil Nadu on Thursday. He was administered the oath of office by Governor of Tamil Nadu (and Maharashtra) Vidyasagar Rao.
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.
Twitter never fails to entertain. There were a series of tweets mocking Convicted AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan, who is now in jail after being convicted in the disproportionate assets case. But the one that stood out was, “Finally she is CM, candle maker in prison.”
Sasikala’s conviction came at a very crucial time for her. She was in a tearing hurry to become the chief minister of Tamil Nadu and had even carted away AIADMK MLAs to a resort to avoid poaching. However the conviction by the Supreme Court on Tuesday stopped her march into the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly.
There is tight security around the cell in which Convicted AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan is lodged. Based on an intelligence report that she could be attacked in jail, 10 women constables have been deployed to guard her.
Officers suspect that there are some prisoners in the central jail who hail from Tamil Nadu who could try and attack her. However, officials do not rule out the possibility of an attack being stage-managed like was seen on Wednesday when she arrived at the court.
There were chaotic scenes outside the central jail in Bengaluru on Wednesday, as AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan surrendered before the special court after being convicted in the disproportionate assets case.
Police sources suspect that the violence that took place outside the court hall was a stage managed one.