03 December, 2020

The Skeletons Tumble Out

The charges are piling up against Jayalalitha and Sasikala, but can investigators make them stick?

The Skeletons Tumble Out

IN terms of sheer scale and magnitude, 'evidence' of corruption during the five years of AIADMK governance is coming as a shock to those going through the files at Fort St George. It is being described by the new DMK government as a well-planned effort to 'loot' public money, as the regime of former chief minister Jayalalitha is being charged with not having shown any qualms in cashing in on anything from road construction contracts and welfare schemes to sandalwood auctions. And though the DMK has promised to bring the guilty to book, according to a senior police official, it may find it practically impossible to look into all the excesses.

The cases are piling up against Jayalalitha and although the vigilance branch of the state police has been directed by Principal Sessions judge A. Ramamurthy to enquire into the assets of the former chief minister, police officials agree that there already exists sufficient information—collected by Jayalalitha's political rivals—which could be damaging. Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy, who...



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