It is a very unhappy Valentine’s Day for Sasikala. Today, the Supreme Court upheld Sasikala Natarajan’s conviction under charges of the Rs 66-crore disproportionate assets case. The Jayalalithaa aide and the two other accused will be taken into custody soon. They will have to pay a fine of rupees 10 crore each. Sasikala, who has already spent 21 days in jail before being let out on bail, is expected to serve out the remainder of her four-year sentence. This verdict means Sasikala can no longer be a legislator nor the Chief Minister. Jayalalithaa is also named in the lawsuit and the SC has decided that the fine of Rs 100 crore imposed on her by the Bangalore trial court will be recovered from her properties.
Here’s a brief timeline of the case:
1996: Now BJP MP Subramanian Swamy filed a case against Jayalalithaa’s disproportionate assets.
1997: Chargesheet filed against Jayalalithaa, Sasikala, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran (the four accused).
2003: DMK files appeal in SC to shift the case outside Tamil Nadu (Jayalalithaa’s stronghold). The SC then transferred the case to Bangalore.
2005: Trial starts in Bangalore.
2014: Jayalalithaa files bail plea, Karnataka HC rejects bail but SC approves bail.
2015: Karnataka HC appeals against SC’s acquittal.
Feb 14, 2017: Sasikala is convicted by the apex court.