Confiscation of the properties belonging to former Tamil Nadu chief minister, Jayalalithaa have begun. This is being done with regards to recovering the fine involved in the disproportionate assets case

District Collectors of Chennai, Kanchipuram and Triuvallur have already taken possession of 68 properties registered in the names of those accused in the DA assets case. It includes the firms under the names of the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu Jayalalithaa, Sasikala and her nephew Dinakaran and Illavarasi.

In February, 2017, the Supreme Court had restored a trial court direction to confiscate properties allegedly registered in the name of six firms, following the conviction and imprisonment of AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala, Dinakaran and Illavarasi in the disproportionate assets case. The firms, which found mention in the trial court records, are Lex Property Development, Meadow Agro Farms Ltd, Riverway Agro Products Pvt Ltd, Ramraj Agro Mills Ltd, Signora Business Enterprises Pvt Ltd and Indo Doha Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd.

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The confiscation of the properties have begun on the instructions of the State government and the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC), which is the prosecuting agency in the case. The lands will soon bear a board saying that the property belongs to the Tamil Nadu government. In all there were 128 properties attached to the case. These properties could either be retained by the TN government or auctioned.

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Among other news, Jayalalithaa niece Deepa Jayakumar has staked claim to Poes Garden, Jayalalitha’s residence, for herself and her brother Deepak. Deepa has also questioned the intention of AIADMK members to convert the residence into a memorial. Calling the current Tamil Nadu government as the ‘benami’ government of Sasikala, she said she would take legal action if any changes are made to the house without getting proper permissions from her and her brother.

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The trial court had sentenced Sasikala and her two relatives to four years imprisonment with a fine of Rs 10 crore each. Jayalalithaa was sentenced to four years with a fine of Rs 100 crore. So now they will collect a total of Rs 130 crore as fine.