In Setback To Sasikala, Supreme Court Says No Reason To Cancel Conviction

NEW DELHI: VK Sasikala’s hopes of getting out of jail and taking charge of the AIADMK crashed on Tuesday when the Supreme Court rejected an appeal against her conviction by the Supreme Court that hauled her off to jail in February.

Sasikala had filed a review petition in May, arguing that the she could not have been convicted for disproportionate assets as she had never been a public servant.

The judges declined her request to be set free, ruling that the top court did not find any error in the judgement convicting Sasikala and her two relatives.

Sasikala, 61, was found guilty of conspiring with former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who she lived with, to acquire a nearly 60-crore fortune that did not match their disclosed sources of income.

At the heart of the review petition filed by Sasikala, Jayalalithaa’s long-time live-in aide, was the contention that the prevention of corruption law did not apply to her since proceedings against Jayalalithaa had ended due to her death. So, Sasikala had argued, irrespective of the court’s findings against her, she should be set free to head back home in Tamil Nadu to run the party that she had left to her nephew as her proxy.

For Sasikala, this was a last-ditch effort.

Sasikala’s lawyers had made the same point during the court proceedings before the Supreme Court sent her to jail but the top court had rejected this view.

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