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Karnataka High Court acquitted Jayalalithaa and suspended her sentence.

J Jayalalitha former chief minister of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK head was acquitted by Karnataka High Court and got a huge victory on charges against her for corruption and Rs 66.65 crore disparate asset case that was a 19 year old case, which was sitting on her head for nearly 2 decades. The judgment was read at 11.00 am today by Justice C R Kumaraswamy whereby the appeals of the accused along with Ms Jayalalitha were allowed and they all were acquitted from the charges that was put against them. Within few seconds this case was over which was held from past 19 years when the judgment was given where Jayalalitha’s supporters felt so much relief when the judgment was given, who had come down from Tamil Nadu. Previously she was sentenced to 4 years of jail and a fine of Rs 100 crore for this case.  Jayalalitha and her four relatives Sasikala, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran were sentenced by Special Judge John Michael Cunha on 27 September 2014. After that judgement came she was disqualified as CM of Tamil Nadu and also legislative assembly.

Jayalalitha said that the truth is out and justice has been done to her and she thanked god and people of Tamil Nadu for this and further said that it was a conspiracy which was made by DMK to destroy her AIADMK party.  AIADMK lawyers rose and greeted the judge when he announced the word acquitted with folded hands. When acquittal news came Jayalalitha has prepared to address the press soon. O Paneerselvam, the CM of Tamil Nadu called her and wished her when her acquittal news came out. Many of her supporters had gathered in front of her residence in Chennai to wish her and some had broken coconuts to god as thanksgiving when she was acquitted. When the judgment was pronounced Jayalalitha was not needed in the court. She confirmed that she was very happy and completely satisfied from the verdict and also told the media that it is confirmed that she has not done anything wrong. Now that she is acquitted from this case, Jayalalitha can take oath as CM but it would be better if she waits for her to be elected as an MLA, since there is no by-elections being conducted by the Election Commission.

by Sushma Javare.