Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa will have to resign from the Chief Minister post after a court in Bangalore sentenced her to 4 years in jail on corruption charges.
According to India's Supreme Court rule, a law-maker found guilty of a crime carrying a jail sentence of two years or more stands immediately disqualified from office.
A Bangalore court found Tamil Nadu Chief Minister guilty of corruption on Saturday in an 18-year old case originally filed by Subramanian Swamy, now a BJP leader.
Ms. Jayalalithaa has been convicted along with three close aides for abusing power during her first term as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from 1991 to 1996 and collecting assets that were vastly disproportionate to her income.
According to the prosecution during her five-year tenure she has amassed assets that added up to Rs. 66 crores.
Ms. Jayalalithaa has denounced the case as political vendetta.