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Jayalalithaa to become Tamil Nadu CM again on 23 May


Bengaluru, May 11 (ANI): In the wake of her acquittal in a disproportionate case filled against her almost two decades ago, former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa can now become chief minister again, said her counsel B Kumar on Monday.

"Today, the judgment in the appeal was posted exactly at 11 o' clock as earlier announced. The judge pronounced that all the accused are acquitted and appeals filed by them have been allowed and the prosecution case stands dismissed. From this moment, there is no impediment for Madam Jayalalithaa to assume her position as chief minister of Tamil Nadu," Kumar said outside the Karnataka High Court.

Earlier in the day, Jayalalithaa was acquitted by the Karnataka High Court in the disproportionate assets case. All the other accused in the case have also been acquitted. The acquittal of the accused was done on the basis of an appeal by the latter.

The court's judgment was greeted with cheers and celebrations outside the Poes Garden residence of the AIADMK chief in Chennai.

Earlier in the day, special prayers were held in Coimbatore ahead of pronouncement of the Karnataka High Court's verdict in connection with the case.

Jayalalithaa was sentenced to serve four years in jail last year in connection with the Rs. 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case. The court had also imposed a hefty fine of Rs. 100 crores on her. (ANI)

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