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Sasikala approaches Supreme Court seeking review of DA case judgment

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V.K. Sasikala and two co-accused in the Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case on Wednesday moved a review petition in the Supreme Court against their conviction. Sasikala, J. Ilavarasi and V.N. Sudhakaran argued that since the case against the main accused and sole public servant in the corruption case and also claimed that this case is no longer exists in the judiciary because Public servant is already dead and now there is no other person, who can substitute his place. Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, had abated, the charges against them should also abate. There is no sense in extending this case for so long. They argued that the case died with the death of the sole public servant and a corruption case cannot be sustained against private citizens.

On 14th February, Court passed a detailed judgment on indicted Jayalalithaa, albeit posthumously, of having criminally conspired with then aide Sasikala at her Garden residence. The Karnataka High Court’s acquittal of Sasikala and two co-accused in the 20-year-old disproportionate assets case, the Supreme Court said the appeals filed by Karnataka government and others, including DMK leader K. Anbazhagan, against Jayalalithaa stands abated with her and all the appeals and orders passed on Jayalalithaa is no longer existed.

A Bench of Justices claimed that the trial court’s conviction of Sasikala, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran in September 2014, and ordered them to surrender forthwith. Even after Sasikala comes out after serving her four-year sentence, she would be disqualified to contest elections for the next six years.

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