TN government disqualifies Jayalalithaa for 10 years, issues notification
CHENNAI: AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa is disqualified
from contesting elections for ten years, the Tamil Nadu government has said in
a gazette notification.
“Consequent upon the conviction of Selvi J
Jayalalithaa, Member of the Legislative Assembly, she stands disqualified for
being a Member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from the date of
conviction, i.e., the 27th day of September, 2014 for the period of her
sentence (four years),” the gazette notification dated November 8 read. It was
issued by Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Assembly P Dhanapal.
It also said that she “shall continue to be
disqualified for a further period of six years since her release in terms of
the existing Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.”
The notification also said that Srirangam Assembly
Constituency, represented by Jayalalithaa “shall be deemed to have become
vacant from the date of her conviction,” September 27.
Although media was given to understand on November 9
that a notification declaring Srirangam seat as vacant was issued, only on
Wednesday it has been officially released by the Tamil Nadu state government.
Also, the details pertaining to disqualification has
become known only on Wednesday.
Jayalalithaa was convicted and sentenced to four years
in jail besides a fine of Rs 100 crore in a 18-year-old disproportionate assets
case by a special court in Bangalore. She was released from jail in Bangalore
on October 17 as per the Supreme Court order granting her bail in the case.