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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 - 10:53
Sasikala convicted of corruption, jailed for 4 years
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VK Sasikala has been found guilty of corruption by the Supreme Court and will have to surrender to the police in Chennai so that she can be jailed for four years.

This ends her bid to be Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu - she is now barred from contesting an election for the next ten years.

At 10:30  this morning, two judges of the Supreme Court delivered their ruling separately, but agreed that  Sasikala had, in the early 90s, accumulated an illicit fortune.

The case was originally pivoted on J Jayalalithaa, the four-term Chief Minister who Sasikala lived with, but because she died in December, the judgement does not detail her role.

However, the finding casts a black cloud over the legacy of Jayalalithaa, beloved "Amma" to thousands of supporters who accorded her deity-like status and treated her with religious fervor.

The case was premised on the fact that during her first term, Jayalalithaa misused her office to accrue 60 crows of assets in a shared fortune with Sasikala and her male relatives, who were later disowned by Amma.

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