Amma is Back; acquitted in DA case

News4u-News Desk-Celebrations broke out outside Jayalalithaa’s residence, the Karnataka High Court, AIADMK office and even in the Parliament as AIADMK supremo and former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa scored a sensational legal victory on Monday.

The Karnataka high court acquitted her of all corruption charges in the 19 year old Rs 66.65-crore disproportionate assets case.

Justice C R Kumaraswamy overturned the September 27, 2014 verdict of a special court in Bengaluru. The judge also acquitted her associates - Sasikala Natarajan, her niece Ilavarasi, her nephew and the chief minister’s disowned foster son Sudhakaran.

Jayalalithaa has hailed the verdict saying it gives her immense satisfaction.

She said “It has confirmed that I have done no wrong and that the case was foisted by political enemies. vI don’t consider it as a personal victory, justice has been established, dharma has won.”

A Bengaluru special judge had sentenced the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister to four years in jail and fined Rs 100 crore on September 27, 2014 in the disproportionate assets case that was launched by Subramanian Swamy in 1996.

The judgement by the special court had disqualified her from the post of CM and legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu under the Representation of the People Act.

Now, her acquittal by the Karnataka high court means she can assume the chief minister’s post.

Reacting to the verdict Jaya’s lawyer B Kumar said it is a big relief.

Commenting on the high court’s verdict on DA case, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, the original complainant in the case said that the verdict has come as a surprise.

In a look back at the case, it all began with a complaint filed by Subramanian Swamy in 1996 that led to a probe against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

It was alleged that the value of her assets increased to Rs.66.65 crore when she demitted office in 1996 after a five year stint as CM. Jayalalithaa had then declared that she was drawing only Re.1 as salary.

While the former Tamil Nadu CM was the first accused in the case, her aide Sasikala, her erstwhile foster son VN Sudhakaran and a relative of Sasikala, were the other accused.

The case, in its 19 year journey has seen many twists and turns.

It was transferred out of Tamil Nadu to Bangalore in 2003 by the Supreme Court after a petition maintained that the trial would not be conducted in a free and fair manner if it was done in Tamil Nadu.

Jayalalithaa acquitted in DA case

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