In yet another attempt to nullify the apex court verdict jailing her, AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala has moved the Supreme Court seeking re-examination of verdict in the disproportionate assets case.
The review petition has been filed by Sasikala, Jayalalithaa's foster son and Sasikala's sister-in-law Elavarasi. They have challenged the setting aside of the Karnataka High Court verdict acquitting her and restoring the trial verdict, reports Times of India.
The trial court in Bengaluru had convicted Sasikla along with Jayalalithaa, Sudhakaran and Elavarasi in the graft case. Sasikala, Sudhakaran and Elavarasi have currently been sentenced to 4 years but the proceedings against former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had been abated following her death.
An advocate, who know the details of the petition told ToI that it relied on an earlier apex court verdict of 1991 in which after the death of a prime accused, the proceeding against the co-accused was also abated in a corruption case.
Sasikala, who was eyeing the Chief Ministerial post in Tamil Nadu, was convicted on February 14. The SC in this case had 'restored in toto' the trial court's decision in the DA case, which has stretched upto 19 years. The special trial court found that Jayalalithaa and three others could not account for assets worth upto Rs.66.55 crore.
This is not the first time Sasikala is spending jail time in this case. She has been imprisoned in 1996 and 2004 as well for brief periods of time.