Crisis deepens for Sasikala as SC rejects conviction review plea

The Supreme Court rejected AIADMK leader V K Sasikala’s review petition seeking a re-examination of its verdict holding her guilty in a 19-year-old disproportionate assets case.

Sasikala along with V N Sudhakaran and Elavarasi filed a review petition challenging the Karnataka high court verdict acquitting her and restoring a trial court verdict sentencing her to a 4-year imprisonment in the Rs 53.6 crore graft case.

Supreme Court turned down the review saying that it didn’t find any error in its judgment and therefore, the case does not merit review.

“We do not find any error in the common judgment impugned, much less an apparent error on the face of the record, so as to call for its review. The review petitions are, accordingly, dismissed,” a bench of Justices SA Bobde and Amitava Roy said.

The apex court also rejected her plea for an open court hearing of the review petitions.

In February earlier this year, Supreme Court upheld a trial court’s verdict, which had disqualified Sasikala from becoming a legislator and directed her to serve the remainder of her jail term.

Jayalalithaa and the three others could not account for assets worth Rs 53.60 crore by the special trial court in Bengaluru, as a result of which it had convicted and awarded a four-year sentence with a fine of Rs 10 crore to Sasikala, Sudhakaran, and Elavarasi, while Jayalalithaa was awarded four-year jail term, besides a fine of Rs 100 crore.

Consequently, she was not able to enter into electoral politics for a period of six years after serving the four-year jail term.

Recently, a CCTV footage showed Sasikala going out of the jail which added to her misery.

With the merger of AIADMK and her appeal getting rejected at the apex court, the road seems to end for the senior AIADMK leader.

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