Timeline Of Jayalalithaa's Disproportionate Assets Case

11/05/2015 11:27 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian chief minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa (C) arrives at a hotel in Bangalore to take part in talks with chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on the Cauvery water sharing row, on November 29, 2012. The talks failed to break the ice with both sides sticking to their positions. AFP PHOTO/ Manjunath KIRAN (Photo credit should read Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — Today at 11 am, the Karnataka High Court acquitted the former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and overturned her conviction in the Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case. In September 2014, the AIADMK head, fondly called "Amma", was given a four year prison sentence and charged a Rs 100 crore fine for offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Here's everything we know so far:

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
    In June 1996, Dr Subramanian Swamy had filed a complaint against Jayalalithaa. The DMK government which was in power at the time, had then registered an FIR against the AIADMK head for allegedly possessing unaccounted assets.
  • STRDEL via Getty Images
    The disproportionate assets case against Jayalalithaa as well as her closest aide VK Sasikala Natarajan, her estranged foster son VN Sudhakaran and J Ilavarasi, can be traced back to the time she became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the first time.
  • SESHADRI SUKUMAR via Getty Images
    As Jayalalithaa took charge as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in March 2002 again, in 2002-05, 76 witnesses were recalled and they resiled their previous statements. On the other hand, BV Acharya was named the Special Public Prosecutor for the case in a Special Court set up in Bangalore.
  • STRDEL via Getty Images
    The Karnataka government appointed senior lawyer Bhavani Singh in February 2013 as the Special Public Prosecutor replacing BV Acharya, who cited suffering at the hands of "interested parties". The appointment of the SPP was challenged by DMK leader K Anbazhagan on the grounds that the accused was in collusion with the Special Public Prosecutor, reported PTI.
  • MANJUNATH KIRAN via Getty Images
    During the hearing of the appeal, Jayalalithaa contended that the then DMK government-led investigation had deliberately over-valued her assets and that she had acquired the property, including jewellery, through proper, legal means. In December 2013, the Special Court allowed a plea by DMK General Secretary K Anbazhagan and directed physical production of valuables and other assets seized from Jayalalithaa in 1997 and deposited in an RBI treasury in Chennai.
  • DIBYANGSHU SARKAR via Getty Images
    In February 2014, the Special Court dismissed a plea by SPP seeking a direction to produce before it the seized silver articles belonging to Jayalalithaa. Judge said that SPP had filed it only with the purpose of delaying the proceedings. In September 2014, the AIADMK head, fondly called "Amma", was given a four year prison sentence and charged a Rs 100 crore fine for offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
  • DIBYANGSHU SARKAR via Getty Images
    In October 2014, Jayalalithaa moved Supreme Court seeking bail -- which it granted her after 21 days in prison. In January 2015, the Karnataka High Court constituted a Special Bench of Justice CR Kumaraswamy to hear the appeals filed by Jayalalithaa and others.
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
    In April 2015, BV Acharya was appointed as the new SPP. He filed a new written submission before the Karnataka High Court praying for the dismissal of Jayalalithaa's appeal.
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Anticipating arrival of thousands of AIADMK supporters from Tamil Nadu on the verdict day, PTI reported that the Bangalore police have clamped prohibitory orders in one km radius of the High Court from 6 am to 6 pm today, apart from beefing up security.
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
    The Special Vacation Bench of Justice CR Kumaraswamy on May 11 acquitted Jayalalithaa and three others of all charges.

(With inputs from agencies)

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