A trial court sentenced Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa to a four-year jail term in the Rs.66-crore disproportionate assets case. Also Read - Inspiring! Meerut Woman Who Left Home To Avoid Forced Marriage Returns As PCS Officer 7 Years Later
Special judge John Michael Cunha pronounced the sentence, hours after he convicted her. Also Read - Before Reporting For Duty, This Bengaluru Cop Teaches Children of Migrant Workers Everyday For An Hour
The judge sentenced the three co-accused — V.K. Sasikala, V.N. Sudhakaran and J. Illavarasi — to four years jail as they too were convicted on similar charges under the relevant sections of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act. Also Read - Ready to Send Children Back to School? 78% Parents Say No, Willing to Let Kids Repeat An Academic Year
The three other accused are Jayalalithaa‘s associate V.K. Sasikala, Sasikala’s nephew V. N. Sudhakaran and sister-in-law J. Illavarasi.
City police turned Parapanna Agrahara into a fortress and imposed ban order 1 km around the central jail as part of unprecedented security measures.
“We have deployed about 2,000 security personnel in and around the central jail and about 5,000 additional forces have been positioned across the city to maintain law and order and ensure peace,” Additional Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar said.
Police have also installed CCTV cameras at vantage points in the area to check movement of people and vehicles towards the jail.
As a precautionary measure, inter-state bus services between Bangalore and Hosur across the border in Tamil Nadu have been suspended since 6am till late afternoon.
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