Jailed AIADMK leader Sasikala files review petition in SC against conviction in DA case

Late Tamil Nadu chief minister late J Jayalalithaa was also an accused in the case.
Sasikala files review petition in SC against...
India TV Politics Desk New Delhi May 04, 2017 11:36 IST

Jailed AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala and two others have filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against their conviction in a disproportionate assets case.

Besides Sasikala, the two others who have challenged the Karnataka High Court’s verdict, are VN Sudhakaran, Jayalalithaa's foster son, and Elavarasi, widow of Sasikala's elder brother. 

Late Tamil Nadu chief minister late J Jayalalithaa was also an accused in the case.

The trial court in Bengaluru had convicted Sasikala along with Jayalalithaa, Sudhakaran and Elavarasi in the case for amassing assets disproportionate to their income.

An advocate privy to the review petition said that Sasikala has relied on an earlier apex court verdict of 1991 in which after the death of a prime accused, the proceeding against the co-accused was also abated in a corruption case. Sasikala was convicted in the case by apex court on February 14.

The apex court had set aside the Karnataka High Court order acquitting all the four accused and "restored in toto" the trial court's decision in the 19-year-old disproportionate assets case.

The special trial court had found disproportionate assets worth Rs 53.60 crore, which Jayalalithaa and the three others could not account for. The CBI had alleged that the unaccounted wealth was in the tune of Rs 66.65 crore.

Sasikala had been in the jail in 1996 when the case was registered and later in 2014 after the Special trial court convicted and awarded a four-year sentence with a fine of Rs 10 crore. Jayalalithaa was then awarded four-year jail term, besides a fine of Rs 100 crore.

The apex court, which abated the proceedings against Jayalalithaa who breathed her last on December 5 last year, held that the criminal conspiracy was hatched at her Poes Garden residence in Chennai.

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