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Madras HC upholds acquittal of Jaya in Colour TV scam

The Madras High Court today upheld a lower court order acquitting AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa in the multi-crore `colour TV` scam during her tenure as chief minister of Tamil Nadu between 1991-1996.



Chennai: The Madras High Court today upheld a
lower court order acquitting AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa in
the multi-crore `colour TV` scam during her tenure as chief
minister of Tamil Nadu between 1991-1996.

Justice M Jeyapaul rejected an appeal by the state
government against the acquittal of Jayalalithaa and two
others, including her close friend Sasikala Natarajan, by
Special Judge V Radhakrishnan on May 30, 2000.
He also set aside the conviction of former AIADMK Minister
T M Selvaganapathy and six others in the Rs 10.16 crore Colour
TV case pertaining to alleged irregularities in the purchase
and distribution of colour televisions sets to village
panchayats.

The court allowed appeals by Selvaganapathy, former Chief
Secretary N Haribaskar, former state Rural Development
Secretary H M Pandey, former Rural Development Director M
Satyamurthy, Selvaganapathy`s PA Jarnathanan and two
contractors, Doraisamy and Muthukumrasamy.
The special judge had found the seven guilty of
irregularities in the purchase and distribution of colour TV
sets in village panchayats and sentenced them to five years
rigorous imprisonment each and fines ranging between Rs 10,000
and Rs 30,000.

Justice M Jeyapaul on July 10 last had reserved his orders
on the appeals by both the government and the seven accused.

Bureau Report

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