Date
24 September 2017
Supporters of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa hold a protest after she was sentenced to prison and banned from politics for corruption. Photo: Reuters
Supporters of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa hold a protest after she was sentenced to prison and banned from politics for corruption. Photo: Reuters

Indian politician jailed for over-the-top corruption

A popular Indian politician who organized a wedding reception for 25,000 people in 1995, has been jailed four years for corruption, according to the Financial Times.

Jayalalithaa, the chief minister of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is also banned from politics for 10 years after being found guilty of amassing assets “disproportionate” to her legal income.

The verdict ended an 18-year corruption case for the former film star who is worshipped by her supporters in the welfare state.

Jayalalithaa said she framed by her political enemies but couldnot explain how she accumulated assets ofr more than 53 million rupees (US$866,785) from 1991 to 1996.

Jayalalithaa’s assets included 750 pairs of shoes, 10,500 saris, 91 watches, jewellery and gems, 880 kilos of silver, 28 kilos of gold and various properties and companies.

Judge John Michael D’Cunha also fined her 1 billion rupees and jailed and fined her three co-accused, the report said.

The announcement prompted protests by her supporters across Tamil Nadu and in Bangalore in neighbouring Karnataka, where the case had been moved after previous disruptions.

The complaint was filed by Sumbramanian Swamy, now a leader of India’s governing Bharatiya Janata party, in 1996.

Jayalalithaa’s undoing was an astonishingly opulent wedding she organised in Madras — now Chennai — for her adopted son VN Sudhakaran in 1995, the report said.

Large parts of the city center were taken over for the wedding and guests dined under giant images of Jayalalithaa.

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