Sasikala Natarajan to stay in jail as SC rejects review plea in DA case
Sasikala Natarajan will stay in jail. The Supreme Court has rejected her review petition against the order of conviction in the disproportionate assets case.
She had move the SC after it had convicted her and ordered her to serve a four year sentence. The court observed that there is no merit in the plea to review our own judgment.
Sasikala Natarajan was convicted by the Supreme Court in the DA case. The trial court had convicted late former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, Sasikala, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran in the case. The trial court had ordered them to serve a four year sentence and also pay a fine of Rs 100 crore.
The four then moved the Karnataka High Court in appeal following the trial court verdict was set aside. The state of Karnataka which was the prosecuting state in the case moved the Supreme Court in appeal.
After a marathon hearing, the SC reserved its verdict in the case. During this period Jayalalithaa passed away as a result of which the sentence against her stood abated. The SC however convicted Sasikala and two others and ordered to complete the jail term of 4 years. Sasikala then preferred a review in the case which was rejected by a two judge Bench on Wednesday. In her review petition she said that the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act do not apply to her as she is not a government servant. She said that in the event of Jayalalithaa's death and the case against her being abated, the case against her should be dropped too. The court however found no merit in the argument and rejected her plea. With this Sasikala has exhausted all appeal options. She will now along with Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran complete the rest of her sentence.