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Print edition : October 17, 2014

Jayalalithaa and Sasikala, a co-accused, at the Muthuramalinga Thevar memorial at Pasumpon in Ramanathapuram in 2007. Photo: S. James

Jayalalithaa arriving in the convoy to appear before the Special Court in Bangalore on September 27. Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Sasikala (right) and her sister-in-law J. Ilavarasi, another accused, appearing before the Special Court in Bangalore. Photo: K. Gopinathan

V. N. Sudhakaran, Sasikala's nephew, another accused. Photo: DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP

Silverware that investigators found in Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence. The seaches yielded caches of gold and diamond jewellery, saris, documents and cash. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Jayalalithaa's tea estate at Kodanadu in the Nilgiris. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

Subramanian Swamy with Jayalalithaa at Kodanadu, a file picture. Now with the Bharatiya Janata Party, Swamy was the original complainant in the case. On June 14, 1996, he presented a private complaint before the Principal Sessions Judge, City Civil Court, Chennai, to prosecute her. Photo: The Hindu Archives

O. Panneerselvam at the AIADMK office in Chennai where he was elected Legislature Party leader. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

In an unprecedented verdict against political corruption, a Special Court in Bangalore sentences Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to four years’ imprisonment with a fine of Rs.100 crore in the 18-year-old disproportionate wealth case.

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