Jayalalithaa conviction: As it happened

14.50 p.m.: Tense situation prevails at Jayalalithaa’s constituency Srirangam. A group of partymen go around the temple town asking shops to close down. Many shopkeepers down shutters voluntarily

14.15 p.m.: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa convicted of all charges, SPP G. Bhavani Singh told The Hindu. Arguments on quantum of sentence will begin at 3 p.m, Mr. Singh said adding the prosecution will press for maximum sentence for the four accused including Jayalalithaa. Consequently, according to the Peoples Representation Act, Jayalalithaa would be disqualified as an MLA and will lose her Chief Minister position instantlly. As a pointer, the National Flag on her car was removed. >Read full story

13:10 p.m: Even though the verdict is yet to come, the mood in the DMK camp is upbeat and hundreds of partymen have assembled outside M. Karunanidhi's Gopalapuram residence. They are celebrating.

12:39 p.m.: Police cane-charge AIADMK supporters who were trying to proceed towards the special court in Bangalore, PTI reports. As the AIADMK sympathisers attempted to break the security cordon at Hosur Road Junction near the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border, police pushed them back with ‘mild’ cane-charge.

12: 03 p.m: Premature celebrations at AIADMK HQ as supporters burst fireworks. There isn't any security in place.

11: 50 a.m: Lawyers emerging from the court say the verdict has been postponed to 1 p.m.

Chennai Mayor Saidai Duraisami and Power Minister Natham Vishwanathan pacing around outside the court complex.

11: 39 a.m: Police resort to mild lathicharge against surging AIADMK supporters.

11: 28 a.m: A refresher about the case and a timeline of events as we wait for the judgment. >Read here

We have a series of questions coming in from our readers, our experts are answering them >here:

Q : Do you think DMK will gain political mileage if the verdict goes against Jaya.

Yes. The DMK will gain political mileage, more so in the 2016 Assembly elections

Q: Can Jayalalithaa put a case on DMK if she wins today?

A: For malicious prosecution? No, because it is the State which is prosecuting her. In her private capacity, she is free to file any case against anybody, but not through the government.

Q from @bhushan_tweets: What does exactly the sec 8(4) of Representation of the People Act say? How is it helping the politicians?

A: The section is no more valid. It has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. It was earlier used to protect sitting MLAs and MPs. It said when an MLA or MP is convicted while in office, the disqualification normally applicable to others will be deferred for three months. If an appeal is filed in the meantime, the disqualification is automatically stayed. This helped them continue in office without obtaining a favourable order on appeal.

Q: Who becomes next CM if Ms. Jayalaithaa gets convicted?

A: It's anybody's guess. There are many names doing the rounds. Finance Minister O.Panneerselvam, who on a similar occasion earlier became Chief Minister, and Visalakshi Nedunchezhian top the list.

Q: If convicted, can she appeal? Or is this it?

A: She has the right to appeal. This is only a Special Court.

As we wait for the judgement do head over to our >live chat with our in-house experts to clarify all your questions on the case.

10: 50 a.m: A large number of AIADMK supporters arrive in Bangalore.

10: 40 a.m: Five Ministers whose vehicles were stuck in a traffic jam are walking towards the venue : O. Paneerselvam, Power Minister Nattam Vishwanatham, Housing board Minister Vaidyalingam, Highways Minister Yedapadi Palaniswamy, Rural Development Minister Pa. Mohan

10: 38 a.m: Chief Minister Jayalalithaa arrives at the Bangalore Court complex clad in a green saree, considered lucky for her. With her were close aide Sasikala, VN Sudhakaran and J Ilavarasi.

10: 36 a.m: Traffic movement has been stopped on Hosur Road.

10: 30 a.m: Jayalalithaa to arrive in a few minutes to Parapana Agrahara. Anxiety high among followers as the police make arrangements with alternative route.

10: 25 a.m: Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on her way to the Special Court in Gandhi Bhavan at Parapana Agrahara, police sources say.

10: 07 a.m: Most AIADMK big-wigs take position 20 metres away from court with VVIP passes. Rajya Sabha MP Navaneethakrishnan waves to the media.

If convicted, Jayalalithaa will face immediate disqualification as Member of the Legislative Assembly and will have to relinquish office.

If acquitted, it will free her of all charges, further reinforcing her claim that the case was based on rival DMK's political vendetta.

9:59 a.m: Meanwhile, the AIADMK headquarters in Chennai wears a deserted look.

9:50 a.m: Judge John Michael Cunha arrives at Parapana Agrahara with full security.

Man of the moment: Judge John Michael Cunha: >Read

9:40 a.m: All cameras are set for the big verdict. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is expected here after 10:30 a.m.

9.33 am: Several leaders and supporters of AIADMK gathered on Hosur Road to welcome Jayalalithaa leading to huge traffic jam on roads leading to Special Court venue.

9:24 a.m: All shops near the Bangalore Court have been shut today.

9.24 a.m.: The AIADMK's Karnataka State Unit president Pugazhandi has put out a series of banners and posters from Outer Ring Road junction leading to the venue of Special Court near Central Prison at Parappana Agrahara. All shops forced shut near court

9.15 a.m.: AIADMK workers bring traffic to a standstill on Hosur Road en route court complex

All eyes at the Parappana Agrahara prison complex, where the judgment is set to be pronounced: >Read

9:10 a.m: Jayalalithaa has reached Chennai airport and is to fly to Bangalore shortly

Helipad being readied in Bangalore ahead of Ms. Jayalalithaa's landing.

9.07 a.m.: TN Minister B.V. Ramana left for the court complex

8.45 a.m: AIADMK workers flood Bangalore with posters of Amma. A taste of Chennai in Bangalore?

8: 30 a.m: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa left her Poes Garden residence in Chennai. Expected to reach airport at 9 am and take special aircraft to Bangalore. Read >here

Silver articles and gold ornaments found at Ms. Jayalalithaa's residence in 1997. The Hindu Archives

All you need to know about the case today: Timeline of events and more. Read >here

An epic trial that witnessed a see-saw battle for 18 years reaches its climax today. The case against her is that she acquired wealth worth Rs. 66.65 crore during her stint as Chief Minister between 1991 and 1996, and that she was abetted in this by her aide Ms. Sasikala and two of her relatives, V.N. Sudhakaran (Ms. Jayalalithaa’s former foster son) and J. Ilavarasi. The defence has argued that there was no evidence to show that three of them were ‘benamis’ of Ms. Jayalalithaa and that all four have accounted for their assets through legitimate means.

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