Jayalalithaa’s Disproportionate Asset case- A Timeline
Just days after the court cleared her, Jayalalithaa has been invited to form her government as Panneerselvam resigned from his position as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. As Indians express both their disappointment and euphoria on social media, we give you a timeline of the events that took place in these last 18 years with connection to this case.
Former leader of Janata Party, Dr Subramanian Swamy, files a case against Jayalalithaa for misusing her office during her first tenure as chief minister during 1991-96. He accuses her of possessing properties worth ₹66.65 crores and depositing the amount in her proxy accounts.
After a raid at her residence in Poes garden; 800 kg of silver, 28 kg of gold, 10,500 sarees and other valuables are recovered, Madras High Court dismisses three petitions by Ms Jayalalithaa and releases her a few days later.
Jayalalithaa wins the state elections and becomes the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu again but her appointment is later challenged due to her conviction in a 2000 case. But on 21st Feb. 2002, she is sworn again sworn as the CM.
Jayalalithaa’s case is transferred to Karnataka High Court after DMK general secretary K. Anbazhagan argues that a fair trial isn’t possible in Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa being the state CM. In 2011, she is presented in special court and answers 1,339 questions.
The Karnataka government appoints G. Bhavani Singh as the special public prosecutor after B.V. Acharya requests the court to relieve him of his duties as the SPP. Supreme Court later reinstates G. Bhawani Singh as the special public prosecutor. The court also acknowledges Anbazhagan’s plea to reproduce the valuables and other assets seized from Jaya in 1997 and deposit it in an RBI treasury in Chennai.
On September 27th, Karnataka Court convicts Jayalalitha. Two days later she files plea for bail, which is postponed and later rejected by the court. On 17th October, Supreme Court grants her bail.
11th May, the court acquits her of all charges.
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