Chennai(web team): Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa faces a crucial judicial test on Monday with the Karnataka high court set to pronounce its verdict on her appeal against her conviction in the DA case that will have a bearing on her political future.
A day ago, AIADMK workers organised ‘poojas’ in temples and took out processions praying for a favourable judgement.
It will be a high-stake test as the judicial outcome could swing the political fortunes either way for the ruling AIADMK supremo and alter the political course in the neighbouring state, which will go to Assembly polls in about a year.
8:40 IST Monday, 11 May 2015
Supporters gather outside J Jayalalithaa’s residence
8:20 IST Monday, 11 May 2015
The 67-year old Jayalalithaa need not be present in the court when the single judge bench of Justice C R Kumaraswamy delivers the judgement.
What the court will decide?
The court will decide on the appeals filed by Jayalalithaa and three others against the Special Court Judge Michael D’Cunha’s September 27 last verdict sentencing them to four years in jail and imposing a hefty fine of Rs 100 crore on her and Rs 10 crore each on three others.
What the verdict means for J Jayalalithaa
An acquittal would enable a big political comeback for Jayalalithaa, who has waged many legal battles and seen several ups and downs in her political career.
An adverse outcome, on the other hand, would accentuate uncertainty and cause more worries about the future of the AIADMK leader and her personality-based monolithic party.
She will remain disqualified under the Representation of the People Act from contesting elections for a period of 10 years–four years from the date of conviction and six years thereafter, unless a superior court sets aside the conviction.
(With agnecy inputs)