Supreme Court on Monday said that it will pronounce the verdict on pleas challenging the acquittal of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her close aide Sasikala in assets case within a week. Jayalalithaa was booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act in 1996 for allegedly amassing unaccounted wealth worth nearly Rs 67 crore.
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In 2015, the Congress government in Karnataka had moved the Supreme Court after the Karnataka High Court acquitted her in the case. Further, the Apex Court on June 7 last year reserved its verdict on appeals – filed by the state of Karnataka, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) general secretary K. Anbazhagan and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy – challenging the Karnataka high court’s verdict acquitting the Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa, Sasikala, Ilavarasi and V. N. Sudhagaran in the disproportionate assets case.
The former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa passed away on December 5, 2016, following a massive cardiac arrest. She was 68. Meanwhile, V K Sasikala, the shadow of Jayalalithaa for nearly three decades is set to become the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu as the AIADMK Legislature Party elected her as its leader, over a month after she became the party’s General Secretary. She is expected to be sworn-in as the third Chief Minister of the state on Tuesday.