Supreme Court: Trial Court judgment restored by the Supreme Court in the disproportionate assests case against Sasikala and others

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A division bench of Justices Amitava and Roy PC Ghose of the apex court in a significant judgment earlier today, restored the judgment of the trial court that had held guilty and sentenced late J Jayalalithaa ,VK Sasikala, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran in the twenty year old disproportionate assets matter. The court also sentenced them to undergo a jail sentence of 4 years along with a penalty of ten crores.

In this case, the trial court judgment which had been set aside by the Karnataka High Court was restored by the apex court bench earlier today. At a time where major political drama is unfolding in the state of Tamil Nadu over the Chief Ministers position, this judgment constitutes a major setback for Sasikala, as it not only convicts her in the disproportionate case, but it also prohibits her from holding public office for a period of six years in accordance with the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

The judgment removes the dilemma of the governor of the state to invite the caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam to prove his majority in the floor test to claim the chief minister’s position.

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