Former Tamil Nadu Prime Minister’s aide J Jayalalithaa, VK Sasikala, has paid the rupee 10 fine served on her Wednesday in a disproportionate property case and is expected to be released from prison soon, her lawyer said on Wednesday.
The fine was deposited with a court in Bengaluru through draft applications, said the 69-year-old’s attorney, N Raja Senthoor Pandian.
The court is now expected to inform the prison authorities of the payment of the fine and “I expect it will be free soon, earlier than the scheduled release date of January 27, 2021,” he told PTI news agency.
However, Prime Minister K Palaniswami said that Ms. Sasikala and her family will not be allowed to join the ruling AIADMK party or government even after their release. Ms. Sasikala’s party status will not change, he told reporters in Coimbatore.
Ms. Sasikala’s two relatives, who were also detained for four years and fined 10 rupees on property, are also held in Parappana Agrahara Central Prison. Ms. Sasikala’s lawyer said the process of paying the fine for the other two would also begin.
After the Supreme Court restored the judgment of the Bengaluru Court against Ms. Sasikala and her two relatives, UN Sudhakaran and J Elavarasi, in the property case in 2017, the confidante of the former Chief Minister surrendered to serve before the Court of Karnataka on February 15, 2017 Since then her sentence.
The court had convicted J Jayalalithaa and three others in 2014 on charges, including corruption and criminal conspiracy, 18 years after filing the case against them on disproportionate property. The AIADMK matriarch was also fined 100 rupees.
In 2015, the Karnataka Supreme Court overturned the court’s order to convict Ms. Jayalalithaa and three others.
With the death of J Jayalalithaa in December 2016, the Karnataka appeal against her was rejected.
In the months after Ms. Jayalalithaa’s death in office, Ms. Sasikala took over the reign of the ruling AIADMK and even tried to take over the leadership of the Prime Minister until she was sentenced to prison. She deposed O Paneerselvam and appointed Mr. Palaniswami as Chief Minister.
Later, Mr. Panneerselvam and Mr. Palaiswami repaired her and her nephew Dhinakaran, whom she made number 2 in the party. They jointly control the party and the government.
Last month, Ms. Sasikala’s property worth 1,500 rupees was confiscated by the Income Tax Department.