Jayalalithaa DA case verdict: Indian Judiciary at its lowest ebb

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A man must not live in a place that has no fear of law, where people are shameless, where exists no clever man, people lack in spirit of charity, and where exists no art.
Chanakya Niti

The above lines reverberate in the mind after witnessing some of the latest developments unfold. How the rich and the powerful are able to avoid and evade the law is cringeworthy to say the least.  The judiciary is the system of courts that interprets and applies the law in the name of the state – not in favor of the State. The disproportionate assets case against Jayalalithaa is no less an example of how the judicial system defies logic. After Salman Khan managed to get bail hours after he was sentenced to 5 years in jail, and later get his sentence suspended by the Bombay high court, Jayalalithaa’s DA case verdict goes on to show how the law is different for the mighty and rich in this country. The DA case is 19 years old and has been going through political twists and turns since 1996.

As her supporters throng to the streets in celebration of the Karnataka High Court verdict, acquitting her in the disproportionate assets (DA) case, the majority of the country is left perplexed at the judgement. Justice C R Kumaraswamy of the Karnataka high court gave J Jayalalithaa a new lease of life as the special court judgement last year in September held Jayalalithaa and three others guilty of corruption. Judge John Michael D’Cunha awarded four years jail term to Jayalalithaa as a direct result of which she got disqualified as an MLA. Consequently, she had to resign as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 100 crore on Amma.

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