The Supreme Court on Tuesday held that the trial court was right in convicting former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa, AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala and two others in the disproportionate assets case. The case against Jayalalithaa was abated since she is deceased.
However, with the court holding that a case of disproportionate assets had been made out, the assets seized in connection with the case will have to be auctioned off in order to recover the Rs 100 crore fine which had been imposed by the Supreme Court. When the case was transferred to Bengaluru, the seized materials too were brought to the city. The seized items will be sent back to Tamil Nadu which in turn in would have to auction the same to recover the fine amount.
Under the custody of the court in Bengaluru are 750 pairs of slippers belonging to Jayalalithaa. It is locked in a room at the city civil court which is guarded by four policemen at all times. Among the other items in the room 10,500 sarees, of which 750 are of silk and gold. The gold is valued at Rs 3.5 crore and Jayalalithaa in her affidavit had said that the same has been seized by the court.
In 1997, when Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption had raided her residence, they had found several articles. There were around 500 wine goblets, several anklets, a gold belt, diamonds to the tune of Rs 1 crore, a silver sword among other things.