AIADMK leader VK Sasikala today reached Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara prison to serve her four-year term as directed by the Supreme Court yesterday in the disproportionate assets case. As per reports, a judge is also present at that jail. Earlier in the day, the registrar of Karnataka High Court had ordered shifting of court to Parappana Agrahara Jail in Bengaluru.
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The Supreme Court in the morning had rejected a plea by Sasikala seeking time to surrender due to health reasons. Since then her Poes Garden residence was kept under heavy security of the police. Before sghe left for Bengaluru, Sasikala visited Jayalalithaa’s memorial to offer her prayers. Her supporters and husband Natrajan had gathered in front of the prison in the Karnataka capital before she reached there.
Yesterday, in a big blow to AIADMK supremo Sasikala, the Supreme Court had convicted her in disproportionate assets case. The bench of Justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy, has passed its order on a batch of appeals, including the one filed by the Karnataka government acquitting the main accused in the case, former Tamil Nadu chief minister the late J Jayalalithaa and three others, including Sasikala. Since Jayalalithaa is dead, the case against her would be abated.
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The other accused in the case are Sasikala’s relatives V N Sudhakaran and Elavarasi. All four had been convicted by the trial court, but acquitted by the Karnataka High Court. Setting aside Karnataka High Court’s order, the apex court gave VK Sasikala a jail term of 4 years in the case. With this conviction, Sasikala will not be allowed to contest elections for the next 6 years. According to the Supreme Court verdict, Sasikala will have to serve rest of her jail sentence of three years and six months as she has already served almost six months in prison.