The Supreme Court on Tuesday convicted AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala in disproportionate assets case.
At 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday, a Bench of Justices Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Amitava Roy delivered separate judgments on appeals filed by the Karnataka government and others against the acquittal of Jayalalithaa, Sasikala and her relatives, J. Ilavarasi and V.N. Sudhakaran, in the case.
Earlier, all four were convicted by the trial court, but acquitted by the Karnataka High Court.
Karnataka had appealed against the acquittal of the accused by the High Court for offences under Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.
With Jayalalithaa’s death during the pendency of the appeals in the Supreme Court, charges against her would automatically abate. Section 394 of the Criminal Procedure Code mandates that all appeals — even against acquittal, as in this case — “shall finally abate on the death of the accused.”
The trial court had sentenced Sasikala, Elavarasi and Sudhakaran under Section 109 of the IPC, read with Section 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (abetment of criminal misconduct of a public servant) to simple imprisonment for a period of four years each and imposed a fine of Rs 10 crore on each. In case of default, they will further suffer imprisonment for another year.
For the offence of criminal conspiracy leading to criminal misconduct of a public servant (Section 120 (B) IPC, read with Section 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act), all three were sentenced to simple imprisonment of six months and a fine of Rs 10,000 each. (Courtesy India.com)