More trouble seems to be in store for former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, sentenced to four years in jail by a Bengaluru court.
The Supreme Court is set to conduct final hearings in a special leave petition filed by the CBI challenging a Madras high court judgment quashing its chargesheet against her in a corruption case.
The CBI had filed a case in 1996 against her under the Prevention of Corruption (PC) act for alleged criminal misconduct and obtaining of valuable thing/s. It had alleged that Jayalalithaa, on her birthday in 1992, had accepted R1.26 crore in ‘gifts’ via demand drafts when she was the state’s chief minister. “The demand drafts were accepted without consideration from people with whom she had current or potential official transactions,” said a CBI source.
The CBI had in 2006 chargesheeted Jayalalithaa in a Chennai court under the PC act for the alleged offence.
But the high court in 2011, acting on petition by Jayalalithaa, had quashed the CBI’s chargesheet on grounds of “unexplained delay” in registering the case then filing of the chargesheet.
The CBI filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court in 2012 challenging the high court’s order.