A five-judge Constitution Bench of the apex court had in a unanimous verdict held “a person who is convicted for a criminal offence and sentenced to imprisonment for a period of not less than two years cannot be appointed the Chief Minister of a State under Article 164 (1) read with (4) and cannot continue to function as such."

The court had also rejected the argument that a popular mandate or the will of the people could override the Constitution.

Jayalalithaa then made one of his Council of Ministers O Panneerselvam as the next Chief Minister, until she cleared the charges against her in the Madras High Court and won a by-election from Andipatty constituency and returned to power in 2002.

The 'September' jinx seems to have caught up with her again as Special Court Judge John Michael D'Cunha on Saturday convicted Jayalalithaa and others in the 18-year old disproportionate assets case and sentenced her to four years imprisonment.

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