In a nation known for countless bizarre creatures, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalitha stands out.
Obnoxiously arrogant, shamelessly corrupt and a living goddess for millions of idiots, Jayalalitha got her comeuppance today when the Puratchi Thalaivi (Revolutionary Leader) was convicted in a 18-year-old Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets (corruption) case and sentenced to four years imprisonment.
The disproportionate assets amassed by Jayalalitha included gold jewelry, real estate, bank deposits and cash.
Besides the prison term, judge John Michael D’Cunha also imposed a fine of Rs 100 crore, failure to pay which will add an extra year behind bars.
Puratchi Thirudi (revolutionary thief), who was present in court when the verdict was announced, developed chest pain upon hearing the verdict.
Jaya’s conviction means she will be forced to quit as Chief Minister and be taken to jail.
One can only hope that the verdict will send shivers down the spines of other Indian politicians, most of whom are no different from Jayalalitha in their lust for illegal pelf, power and privilege.
Jayalalith’s associates K.Sasikalaa and two others were also convicted and sentenced to four years in prison.
Conviction – A Miracle
Jayalalitha’s conviction today is one of those rare Indian miracles as the nation’s politicians rarely ever pay a price for their wrongdoings.
Recent Indian political history is rife with corruption scandals – Bofors, 2G Case, Coalgate, AgustaWestland Defence Scam, Stamp Paper Scam, Bihar Fodder Scam, ad nauseam.
In 99% of the cases, injustice prevails and the corrupt politicians go scot-free.
That the Jayalalitha case has dragged on for 18-years is a testament to the behind-the-scene maneuvers by vested interests to derail the case.
Orgy of Violence
A big time thief’s conviction would be a moment of joy anywhere else but in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu it was cause for an orgy of violence.
Across Tamil Nadu, tens of thousands protested the conviction of Jayalalithaa.
It’s a strange world we live in when the conviction of a thief triggers mayhem and a wave of violence.