SC decisions marred political career of many a leader
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 14-Feb-2017

New Delhi, Feb 14: With the Supreme Court’s decision in Sasikala case the political career of Tamil Nadu’s yet another would be ‘strong lady’ ended abruptly even before she tasted the fruit of power.

The Supreme Court, upholding the trial court’s decision in the disproportionate assets (DA) case against V K Sasikala, on Tuesday handed her four-year jail term and barred from contesting any election for six years, thus putting a permanent block on her political career.

Sasikala had been ‘close associate’ of J Jayalalithaa has been trying to ‘usurp’ the political power in the state after the passing away of the party ‘big boss’ in most suspicious circumstances. However, the Supreme Court has frustrated all her plans to become the chief minister of Tamil Nadu after J Jayalalithaa.

But she is not the only one affected by the Supreme Court decision. There has been a good number of leaders in the Indian scenario who had to forego their political career by a single stroke of the apex court decision in various cases against them.

The latest in the list was Jayalalithaa herself, who had to spend some time in the jail in the DA case under the Prevention of Corruption Act. A special court had convicted her along with Sasikala, and two others. Jaya had to be incarcerated then.

She too was forbidden from contesting elections for six years following which she had to resign as chief minister. Jayalalithaa was accused of amassing Rs 68 crore more than her income earning capacity in between 1991 and 1996.

Later she was given clean chit by the Karnataka High Court but she died in December last year paving the way for high-end political drama in Tamil Nadu.

Earlier, in 1975, the then Allahabad High Court judge Justice Jagan Mohan Lal Sinha had pronounced former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi guilty of misusing her official powers under the People’s Representative Act and debarred her for contesting elections for six years. But Indira did not give up and instead imposed internal emergency for two years to remain in power.

Later on December 19, 1978, she was suspended from the parliament and the then Prime Minister Morarji Desai sent her to the jail till the remaining period of the parliament session. She was found guilty of privileges.

Indira remained in the parliament house till she was handed over the arrest warrant signed by the speaker of the Lok Sabha at 8.47 pm. After her arrest, she came out of the same door she used to while she was prime minister.

She spent nearly a week in the Tihar Jail in the ward number 19. During her incarceration, Sonia Gandhi used to take meals for her according to Xavier Moro, the author of “The Red Sari”.

In 1997, the CBI filed the charge sheet in fodder scam against Bihar strongman Lalu Prasad Yadav following which he had to resign as chief minister and install his better half Rabri Devi to the post. Lalu assumed the position of party president and de facto remained the chief minister. He had to go to jail and remain there for months.

Finally, he was awarded five-year imprisonment and Rs 25 lakh fine by the CBI special court judge P K Singh. Lalu had to forfeit his Lok Sabha membership and he is barred from contesting any election for 11 years.

Thus, he became the first MP to lose his membership of the parliament following conviction in a criminal case. Jagadish Sharma of the JDU was the other leader.

Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala was the first chief minister to be convicted of corruption in the appointment of teachers. He was awarded ten-year imprisonment along with his son Ajay Chautala.

He was the son of prominent Jat leader Devi Lal. He was made chief minister by his father on December 2, 1989, when Devi Lal was Deputy Prime Minister.

In addition to this present BJP president Amit Shah, DMK leader, Rajya Sabha member and daughter of DMK supremo Karunanidhi, Kanimojhi. CBI arrested her in Rs 200 crore corruption case sent her to Tihar Jail. She got the bail after six months. The case is pending for justice.

Another DMK leader and former minister A Raja is the main accused in Rs 1.76 lakh crore 2G spectrum case. He had spent 15 months in jail.

B S Yediyurappa, first BJP Chief Minister of Karnataka was involved in a land and mining corruption cases. He was accused of allotting land to his son in Bengaluru which cost a loss of Rs 1827 crore to the exchequer. He is on the bail now.

Former SP leader Amar Singh is also on bail in the case of giving bribe to three BJP MPs in ‘Note for Vote’ case.

In addition to this list, Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Rashid Masud, former telecom minister Sukhram, former BJP President Bangaru Lakshman, JMM leader Shibu Soren, former Pune MP Suresh Kalmadi were also convicted in various corruption cases thus spoiling their political career.