BENGALURU: AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa is set to make a come back as Tamil Nadu chief minister following her acquittal from the disproportionate assets case. Karnataka high court on Monday cleared Jayalalithaa and three others from all the charges.The special bench of the high court headed by justice CR Kumaraswamy pronounced the judgment at 11.02am.
A trial court, headed by special judge John Michael D'Cunha, had on September 27, 2014 convicted and sentenced Jayalalithaa and her three accomplices to a four-year jail term in the Rs 66.65 crore illegal assets case that dragged on for 18 years.
The Supreme Court had on October 17 last year granted interim bail till December 18 to the 67-year-old Jayalalithaa and her three co-convicts. Their bail was subsequently extended till May 12.
The supreme court had also directed the karnataka government to replace special public prosecutor Bhavani Singh and appoint senior counsel BV Acharya.
Celebrations began at the court premises and immediately spread over in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka as supoorters of Jayalalitha burst crackers and distributed sweets. Even lawyers representing the former CM joined in the celebrations.