Tamil Nadu’s late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s confidante V K Sasikala is expected to be released soon after her lawyer informed that a fine of more than Rs 10 crore imposed on her was deposited in a disproportionate assets in a Bengaluru court on Wednesday.
A fine of Rs 10,00,10,000 was remitted to a Bengaluru court by way of demand drafts, Sasikala’s counsel N Raja Senthoor Pandian said, as reported by news agency PTI.
While keeping the loggerhead between two factions in the state ahead of the state assembly polls, Chief Minister K Palaniswami, claimed that Sasikala’s release would not change the stand of AIADMK in order to keep her and her kin at bay.
There shall be no change in the party stand as regards to Sasikala, he told media persons at Coimbatore.
“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,” PTI quoted Palaniswami.
Besdies Sasikala, her two relatives are also undergoing imprisonment of four years in the assets case. All of them were imposed a fine of Rs 10 crore in addition to Rs 10,000, PTI had reported earlier.
In 2017, after the Supreme Court restored the Bengaluru trial court judgment in toto against Sasikala and her two relatives, V N Sudhakaran and J Elavarasi in the assets case, the former Chief Minister’s aide surrendered before the Karnataka court on February 15, 2017 and she has been serving her sentence since then, PTI reported.
With the demise of Jayalalithaa in December 2016, the appeal against her by Karnataka stood abated.
In 2014, the trial court had convicted former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and three others on charges, including corrpution 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.