Caught in a corruption case and sentenced for 4 years term in Jail and whopping fine of Rs 1000 crore, unprecedented in India, the Tamil Chief Minister has a reason of smile even in Jail. Not only her lovers in the state have come out on the roads in her support and expressing their anger on DMK supremo Karunanidhi, she has found traces of sympathy in BJP who campaigned to win the Lok Sabha polls making a huge noise against “Corruption”. BJP seems sympathetic to jailed Jyalalitha.
BJP on Saturday said it is part of a judicial process and she has options available to move to a higher court, this being not the final verdict.
Terming the issue as “sensitive”, the BJP showed sympathy to her and termed it as “unfortunate” the utterances against the lady as’ “attempts by her political opponents to score points by using this opportunity and play politics over it.”
“It is a part of the judicial process. This is not the final verdict. There are options available before her to appeal in a higher court,” BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
He added that this was a sensitive issue and it was not proper to play politics on it. “It is unfortunate if any of her political opponents are using this opportunity to score points and play politics on it.”
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was very vocal against “corruption” during his tenure as President of the BJP and a star campaigner during general elections, yesterday chose to remain mum. He refused to comment on her conviction by a Bangalore court in an 18-year old disproportionate asset case.
“I will not comment on it as I have not seen the judgement,” he said.
The 66-year-old AIADMK supremo has also been slapped with a fine of Rs 100 crore, highest imposed on any politician, by a special judge John Michael D’Cunha who heard the case of Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets acquired during her first term as Chief Minister between 1991 and 1996.
The verdict disqualified her immediately as an MLA. She cannot hope immediate relief from the court. The trail court do not have power to suspend her conviction and grant her bail. Her lawyers are preparing to knock the doors of High Court, but immediate suspension of convictions is unlikely. Most probably SC will also not come to her rescue, keeping in view earlier such cases.
In present circumstances she may also not be able to participate in Assembly elections due in 18 months.