How Karnataka high court acquitted Jayalalithaa in 19-year-old disproportionate assets case

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    So, she is free for the moment.

    If the Karnataka Govt appeals, then it will go to the SC.

    Is she really guilty or has it been a case of vendetta as she claims?
     
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    Verdict over, now for the circus

    AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa will soon match her bete noire M Karunanidhi’s record of having sworn in the chief minister five times— twice after reversal of adverse court orders that disqualified her from holding the post after being convicted in corruption cases.

    Enabling this is Karnataka high court judge C R Kumaraswamy’s verdict overturning trial court judge John Michael Cunha’s September 27 judgment — considered by many legal luminaries as a watertight judgment — that sentenced Jayalalithaa to four years imprisonment and a fine of Rs100 crore in the disproportionate wealth case. Along with Jayalalithaa, those off the corruption hook are Sasikala Natarajan, her niece Ilavarasi, her nephew and Jayalalithaa’s disowned foster son Sudhakaran.

    Jayalalithaa’s acquittal comes as a surprise to even her party colleagues and some AIADMK lawyers, but her return to the throne is only a matter of time — less than a week, to be precise (she will have to get elected as an MLA again within six months). It may not be the end of the case, as it could go to the Supreme Court, but for the time being, it’s time for some political churning in Tamil Nadu and, as a ripple effect, at the national level.

    An adverse judgment would have meant the AIADMK leader being debarred from contesting an election for six years from the last day of her sentence — something which had kept several smaller parties in Tamil Nadu either silent or just murmuring incoherent criticisms of the AIADMK prima donna. Now some of them — Congress rebel and Tamil Manila Congress leader G K Vasan for one — would be cozying up to Amma. AIADMK leaders have been discussing the need for a bigger coalition in next year’s assembly election if the verdict went against Jayalalithaa. But now on a stronger wicket, whether she would want anyone as an ally is an open question.

    One thing is for sure, she would want the assembly elections as soon as possible. With several states going to the polls next year, the election commission may not be keen on that, but if she proposes, and her cautious friend Narendra Modi endorses, TN voters would be marching to polling stations this year.

    The opposition DMK is in a state of disarray. It had failed to capitalize on AIADMK’s bad patch these last eight months, but it would try to cobble up an alliance. Given the infightings and the lacklustre show of the DMK so far, the other parties may try to form a third front. This would give TN a triangular fight or maybe a quadrangular one, with the BJP at the fourth pole.

    But forming a new front has its inherent problems, thanks to the clash of egos and aspirations at cross purpose. Every other party in TN now wants to lead a front. PMK’s young leader Anbumani Ramadoss is on a state tour to project himself as the CM-in-waiting. He expects other parties like MDMK, DMDK and the Dalit parties to come together — and accept him as the chief ministerial candidate. And that’s a dream DMDK leader and actor Vijayakanth too has been harbouring. MDMK leader may not have come anywhere near the numbers needed to be a big power centre in TN, but when it comes to chief ministerial aspirations, Vaiko is not a rookie.

    BJP, which led the alliance during the Lok Sabha elections, may not have a claim over the alliance leadership for the Assembly elections. With the NDA’s constituents in TN — PMK, DMDMK and MDMK — plotting their own games, all the BJP can do is either become a minor constituent of an alliance led by one of its own constituents in the Parliament elections, or go it alone. The party has been sending feeble signals to Vasan in a bid to have at least a friend or two.

    So, it would be a game of arithmetic than chemistry, as a re-emerged Jayalalithaa leads the AIADMK with renewed confidence, and the other parties scramble to form alliances. If anything can defeat this Jayalalithaa, it would be a combined opposition. But history has shown that the DMK and other opposition parties are highly capable of committing political hara-kiri.

    Does that mean Jayalalithaa returning to power soon and remaining there for another five years? Not really. The Monday judgment was but a semi-final. The final will be played out in the Supreme Court. While Jayalalithaa is now out of uncertainty, her ultimate political destiny will be presided over by the apex court.
    http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/chennaitalkies/verdict-over-now-for-the-circus/
     
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    This case is now a total mess and none knows where the truth lies.

    The basic fact is that she has made more money than what could be her earnings.

    The only saving grace is that she is the sole Administrator that Tamilandu has produced amongst their AIDMK and DMK CMs.
     

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