news Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 05:30
Reactions to the Jayalalithaa case and the ensuing verdict would probably be a prime example of a complete U-turn in public emotion.   A simple variation from a conviction last September, to an acquittal this May made all the difference for how Jayalalithaa’s passionate fans now think of the judges who handled her case.   When Justice Michael John D’Cunha in September pronounced a verdict and made history in India by convicting a sitting chief minister, hell hath no fury like her loyalists   Slogans against D’Cunha were raised, effigies were burnt and some even pasted derogatory posters of D’Cunha across the state. So much so, that even the Vellore Municipal Corporation passed a resolution criticising D’Cunha for his verdict – an action for which the Vellore mayor had to apologise to the High Court of Madras later.   While posters then, accused D’Cunha of conspiracy, this time however, Justice Kumarasamy has fallen into the good books of quite a few of "Amma" supporters.   AIADMK party men are so happy with the judge that this time, an AIADMK councillor has gone so far as to ask party members to name their babies after Justice CR Kumaraswamy in an expression of gratitute.   According to Times of India, A Chandran, the councillor, personally requested the cadre to name their boys after Kumaraswamy while others in the party showed their appreciation in other ways.   The minister for municipal administration, rural development, law, courts and prisons, S P Velumani, and Tirupur’s municipal corporation mayor, A Vishalakshi shaved their heads fulfilling a vow that they had taken before Jayalalithaa's acquittal praying for a judgement in her favour.   Read What can Justice Kumaraswamy do about 'errors' in Jayalalithaa judgment?    Read What draws people to Jayalalithaa - Loyalty, sycophancy or a combination of both? 
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