Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Saikala VK's conviction upheld by SC

  • Today, the Feb 14, 2017, the Supreme Court verdict upholding Trial Court judgment, setting aside HC acquittal, convicting AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala, in a 21-year-old disproportionate assets case, effectively ending her chances of ever taking office as Tamil Nadu chief minister, is a vindication for Governor Vidyasagar Rao deciding to delay formation of government and await SC judgement.
  • In addition to (1) Late Jayalalitha, (2) VK Sasikala and (3) her sister-in-law Ilavarasi and (4) her nephew Sudhakaran were all found guilty and Sasikala, Ilavarasi & Sudhakaran were sentenced to 4 year rigorous imprisonment.
  • Earlier, it was extremely wrong, unconstitutional and patently illegal on the part of BJP and the Modi government to fish in the troubled waters of Tamil Nadu. They have no business to instruct the Governor Vidyasagar Rao to not go to Tamil Nadu and abort the swearing-in of Sasikala scheduled for Feb 8, 2017. Modi government is playing a dirty game as they want to create a problem for the political parties in TN and they want to get some advantage as BJP has no hold in Tamil Nadu. 
  • With Jayalalitha dead and now Sasikala convicted for 4 year sentence, AIADMK stands leaderless, directionless and disintegrating into several groups and some merging with DMK and some with Congress are likely.
  • Whether Governor Vidyasagar Rao had inside information from BJP or Modi about SC's impending judgement against Sasikala, a week ahead, will never be known.
  • Even though dead, Jayalalitha's name will be tarnished in the history books as corrupt and convicted criminal.
  • All properties of Jayalalitha, in the absence of no will left by her, will get liquidated and auctioned to realize the fine of Rs.100 crores imposed by Trial Court.
  • Unless all AIADMK MLAs join together and elect unanimous leader, Tamilnadu will be thrown into political turmoil with Presidents rule followed by mid term poll which will become advantageous to DMK and its leader Stalin. AIADMK might slip into oblivion soon.
  • Sasikala paid bitter price for her misdeeds and cultivating mafia culture and most people hates her except AIADMK MLAs who were granted tickets by her.
  • In Sept 1995, V. N. Sudhakaran, the 28-year-old nephew of Jayalalitha's friend-turned-sister-turned-confidante, Sasikala Natarajan, hit a Vegas-style jackpot when he was plucked out of oblivion by the chief minister, declared her foster son, betrothed to actor Sivaji Ganesan's granddaughter, Sathyalakshmi, and married off in the most expensive and controversial wedding in the state's history, the highest approximate worked out is a mind-boggling Rs 100 crore. This provoked Dr. Subramanya Swamy initiating corruption cases against Jayalalitha, Sasikala, Ilavarasi & Sudhakaran.
Corruption never pays and even a lower court is independent 
whose verdict was same as the SC. She may file a review petition 
but unlikely to get any relief ... Soli Sorabjee

My View:
It took 21 years for our legal system to send culprits to jail where huge assets with powerful people Jayalalitha and sources remain unexplained. Shame on our judicial system. We need judiciary reforms so that there won't be any pending cases in all courts and any case should take less than 6 months. At worst 12 months. Already people of India are shying away from our legal system and taking help of mafia and gangsters for resolution of litigation they encounter. Left unattended the situation will further deteriorate and collapse.

In civil & judicial services, there must be performance evaluation at all levels and bottom 10% in first year and 5% in subsequent years in every category must be compulsorily retired/retrenched every year without any terminal benefits. The vacancies arising could be filled with fresh recruitment. That is how Ratan Tata has turned around Tata Motors in 1990's plagued with all sorts of ills & corruption.

Justice delayed is not only justice denied 
but rule of the law destroyed ... William Ewart Gladstone 

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