25 October, 2020

In An Existential Soup

Jayalalitha's indictment in the Tansi case poses serious questions about the AIADMK's future

In An Existential Soup

IT must have been a moment of glory in the life of the Tamil Nadu government's public prosecutor R. Shanmugasundaram. For, in 1995 when Shanmugasundaram, as an eminent Chennai-based lawyer, prepared to file a writ against then chief minister J. Jayalalitha-for purchasing the state-owned Tansi property-he was severely assaulted by the AIADMK goons. Jayalalitha was defeated in 1996, Shanmugasundaram became the public prosecutor and has now managed to get conviction for a person who physically harmed him.

Politically too, it's a very significant judgement. By convicting former CM Jayalalitha and her close friend Sasikala Natarajan in the Tansi land deal cases, the special court has not merely put Jayalalitha's future in a bind but has also raised questions over the political fortunes of the AIADMK.

Special judge P. Anbazhagan sentenced the AIADMK supremo and her friend, concurrently, to three years and two years of rigorous imprisonment in two different cases. Two companies-Jaya Publications and Sasi Enterprises-in which Jayalalitha and Sasikala are equal partners, had in...



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