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SC scripts the climax to the two-decade old wealth case

V.K. Sasikala, V.N. Sudhakaran and Ilavarasi have been sentenced to four years prison and Rs. 10 crore fine each for amassing wealth.
Students of Government Law College, Tiruchirappalli capture their presence before the Supreme Court complex after the verdict in New Delhi.

Students of Government Law College, Tiruchirappalli capture their presence before the Supreme Court complex after the verdict in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

The Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside AIADMK general secretary V.K. Sasikala's acquittal by the Karnataka High Court in the Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case and "restored in full" the trial court conviction of September 2014.

A Bench of Justices P.C. Ghose and Amitava Roy also set aside the acquittal of her two co-accused J. Ilavarasi and V.N. Sudhakaran and restored their conviction in the case. The SC said the appeals filed by Karnataka government and others, including DMK leader K. Anbazhagan, against the former Chief Minister has abated after her death on December 5, 2016.

Since the main accused in the case, former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, has died, the charges against her have been abated.

The Supreme Court ordered Sasikala, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran to surrender forthwith before the trial court concerned.

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