16 January, 2021

Chessboard Without A Queen Bee

The Jayalalitha conviction has thrown open the closed universe of Tamil politics

Chessboard Without A Queen Bee

Order, Order

  • Jaya is the first big conviction under the Prevention of Corruption of Act after SC recently struck down a provision that allowed sitting members to continue in power during appeal period.
  • Earlier, a sitting mp/mla was barred for elections for six years only if he or she was not only convicted but also sentenced to more than two years jail.
  • Now, it’s immediate disqualification from House though bar on contesting polls takes effect after the sentence is served out.
  • In 2001, Jaya was not an MLA. But after tansi and Pleasant Stay Hotel case, she was disqualified from contesting.
  • She can get a stay on sentence, but if conviction stays, disqualification will remain.


When someone like J. Jayalalitha is unseated as chief minister, sentenced to four years’ prison and barred from elections for six years thereafter according to the new rules, there are bound to be convulsions. The 66-year-old leader, an exemplar of how...



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