Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has been acquitted from her conviction by the Karnataka High Court and released. The High Court today pronounced its verdict on her appeal against her conviction in the disproportionate assets case.
Jayalalitha, the head of the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, was found by a trial court in September last year guilty of acculating assets worth Rs. 54 crore disproportionate to her known sources of income during her tenure.
The court had sentenced her to four years in jail and fined her Rs. 100 crore.
She has been on bail for eight months. As a result of the verdict she was also disqualified as a lawmaker and had to step down as chief minister. However with the new verdict from the High Court Jayalalitha is eligible to take up her previous position of Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu pending a decision from her party.
Massive celebrations broke out in Tamil Nadu following the acquittal of AIADMK Chief Ms.Jayalalithaa in DA case. At Jayalalithaa’s residence in Chennai, Chief Minister O.panneerselvam along with his cabinet colleagues, senior party leaders joined the celebrations while party cadres distributed sweet’s and burst crackers.
AIADMK MPs today celebrated party chief Jayalalithaa’s acquittal by Karnataka High Court in the disproportionate assets case. The MPs gathered outside Parliament and raised slogans in support of Jayalalithaa and distributed sweets. Talking to reporters, party MP Vijila Sathyananth, who broke down after the Court’s decision, said the AIADMK chief will soon take over as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. She also said the charges against Jayalalithaa were false and politically motivated and the Court decision is a befitting reply to her opponents.