Late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa's aide VK Sasikala is undergoing imprisonment in the disproportionate assets case in the Parappana Agrahara Central Jail.
A fine of over Rs 10 crore imposed on late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa's aide VK Sasikala in a disproportionate assets case was on November 18 deposited in a Bengaluru court and her release is expected soon, her lawyer said.
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, meanwhile, asserted that the anticipated release of Sasikala would not alter the stand of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhgam (AIADMK) to keep her and her kin at bay, both from the party and the state government. "There shall be no change in the party stand as regards to Sasikala," he told reporters at Coimbatore.
The fine amount of Rs 10 crore was remitted to the 34th City Civil Court, Bengaluru, by way of demand drafts, Sasikala's counsel N Raja Senthoor Pandian said.
The court is now expected to send a communication to the prison authorities about the payment of fine and "I expect her to be free soon, earlier than the scheduled release date of January 27, 2021," he told PTI.
Citing remission norms for good conduct available for prisoners, he expressed confidence that Sasikala would be released "sooner than later" and legal processes related to it was on.
Sasikala's two relatives, like her, are also undergoing simple imprisonment of four years in the assets case in the Parappana Agrahara Central Jail. All three of them were imposed a fine of Rs 10 crore in addition to Rs 10,000. Pandian said the process to pay the fine for the two others was also being taken up.
In 2017, after the Supreme Court had restored the Bengaluru trial court judgment against Sasikala and her two relatives, VN Sudhakaran and J Elavarasi in the assets case. The former chief minister's confidante surrendered before the Karnataka court on February 15, 2017 and she has been serving her sentence since.
With the death of Jayalalithaa in December 2016, the appeal against her stood abated. The trial court had in 2014 convicted Jayalalithaa and three others on charges, including corruption and criminal conspiracy, 18 years after the disproportionate assets case was filed against her.The late AIADMK supremo was also imposed a fine of Rs 100 crore by Special Judge John Michael Cunha. In 2015, the Karnataka High Court had set aside the trial court's order convicting Jayalalithaa and three others.