But does everyone know that a politician from Tamil Nadu itself has played a crucial role to send the AIADMK supremo behind the bar. It was none other than but BJP leader Subramanian Swamy who shattered Tamil Nadu politics with his one move.
Swamy, the then Janata Party leader, was the first person who had filed the case against Jayalalithaa in 1996. Following the complaint, a court in Chennai framed charges against Jayalalithaa, her foster son Sudhakaran, her friend Sasikala and Sasikala's sister-in-law Illarasi.
All four of them now have been convicted in the 18-year-old case. All of them have been convicted in accumulating Rs 66 crore wealth disproportionate to known sources of her income from 1991-96 in Jayalalithaa's first term as Chief Minister.
A special court in Bangalore on Saturday, Sept 27 pronounced the much awaited judgement. Ahead of the crucial verdict, Swamy had asserted, "I think it is very difficult for her to escape it as the facts are very clear. It is an open and shut case. She is likely to be convicted and ceased to be chief minister."
However, after the judgement, the BJP leader was quoted as saying, "I am not concerned if Jayalalithaa goes to jail or not, its that she was holding a high position."
The BJP also faced tremendous protest by Jayalalithaa's supporters as they pelted stone at Swamy's residence in Chennai on Saturday. Later speaking about the law and order situation in the state, Swamy said, "Dangerous situation in Tamil Nadu, urged Centre to declare President rule for 2 months."