Jayalalithaa conviction: Anatomy of a wealth case

Written by Express news service | Chennai | Updated: Sep 29 2014, 15:43pm hrs
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was on Saturday convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act and sentenced to four years in prison for accumulating wealth disproportionate to her known sources of income in 18-year-old corruption case. The opponents of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa believe that they stand vindicated after a Bangalore court in an 18-year-old case sentenced the her to four years in prison and imposed a fine of Rs 100 crore for illegally accumulating assets worth Rs 66.05 crore.

Here's a look at the enormity of unusually huge money transactions crores of rupees deposited through cash, cheques and demand drafts:

Modus operandi:

Jayalalithaa, three others had purchased over 32 shell companies, some benamis.

Money was first deposited into company accounts and then routed to Namadu MGR, a publication run by AIADMK.

The seizure

* Documents of properties worth over Rs 58 crore

* 30 kg gold including 400 pairs of bangles; 500 kg silver

* 1.5 kg diamond-studded gold waist belt

* 10,000 sarees

* 750 pairs of footwear

* Over 100 wrist watches

The wealth

* Rs 6 crore spent on wedding of foster son Sudhakaran

* Two sprawling houses near Ooty and Kancheepuram

* Crores of rupees spent on maintaining Poes Garden


Other scams

* Colour TV scam; TANSI land purchase; and coal case