Jayalalitha, Sasikala’s corruption cased closed, convicted
Corruption has become an inevitable part of politics and the Indian politicians reiterate this by the involvement in scams and scandals. From Suresh Kalmadi’s Commonwealth Games scam to Lalu’s fodder scam, from Mayawati’ Taj Heritage corridor case to the recently closed disproportionate assets case against Tamil Nadu’s Amma and Chinnamma, almost everyone hides bagful of cash and secrets. The citizen’s trust is taken for granted as politicians like these breathe on money.
Tamil Nadu’s politics came to a standstill with the demise of former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa who served the state for over 14 years. Her loyalist and companion V.K. Sasikala has been convicted for 21 year old asset misrepresentation case and sentenced to four years of imprisonment.
The Supreme Court revoked the judgment earlier taken by a High Court that was full of errors. It held V.K. Sasikala, general secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagan, with charges of corruption. The case which SC settled on February 14, 2017 goes back to 1991 when Jayalalithaa came to power. She and her companion Sasikala were involved in amassing wealth and property disproportionate to her known sources of income that summed up to Rs 66.65 Crores. The bench of Justices P.C. Ghose and Amitava Roy bars Sasikala from electoral politics for the next decade thus ending her ambition of becoming the next Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. The long lost verdict brought her from Poes Garden to prison. Other than Jaya and Sasikala, their c0-conspirators V.N. Sudhakaran and Elavarasi have been sent to jail after being imposed with a fine of Rs 10 crore each. AIADMK chief Sasikala is fined with Rs 100 crore.
After the 563-page verdict was announced, the Supreme Court started discussing on the association of politicians with corruption. The case has boosted questions against the corrupt politicians who are contesting elections in different parts of the country as their case files lie dusted in some legal corners. In Uttar Pradesh, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati, the chiefs of both Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party respectively compete not only for the seat but also for the amount of land and money they can acquire out of the government funds and public property.
With demonetisation trying to lock the black money holders, all that the citizens want is a step to catch hold of the politicians that swipe their fingers on the tax money paid for development.