The decision to convict former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has been sensational, turning State politics upside down. Usually such convictions used to be one-off things for top politicians, but the climate may just about be changing.
It is conceivable that in the next few years, a lot of our top leaders will be visiting courts regularly.
Here's looking at some of them who are either facing court cases or probably could well do so in the near future...
The Congress President finally finds herself in a court case in the form of the National Herald scam. Right now she has appealed to the High Court to excuse herself from appearing in person. Even if she gets relief, it isn't a permanent thing.
The court case will eventually move forward and she will eventually have to make an appearance. No matter what the verdict, this one will go all the way to the Supreme Court and Sonia will not escape appearing in court multiple times.
Sonia's Lok Sabha election has also been challenged in the Allahabad High Court. More such cases may start being filed.
The Congress Vice President is also an accused in the above mentioned case. Apart from that, he has many defamation cases filed against him all across the country after all the utterances he made during his campaigning for various elections in the last couple of years.
Other Congress leaders: It's not just Sonia and Rahul in the National Herald case. Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda are also co-accused. This case is severely being downplayed by the media.
When the case comes to a conclusion, 6 Congress leaders will either get acquitted together or convicted together. That could be more sensational than the Jaya case.P Chidambaram:
The CBI is looking into a case where the former Finance Minister gave financial approvals way beyond his authority in 2006. Chidambaram's linkage with Aircel-Maxis is also under the scanner though nothing concrete has come up yet. His wife has been questioned in the Saradha scam.A Raja/Kanimozhi:
The 2G case is far from buried and it will go on. The DMK leaders merely have got bail and are not acquitted. In fact more and more people are getting into the net. Both Dayanidhi and Kalanithi Maran have been named in a CBI chargesheet.
In fact a money laundering case has been added to the original 2G case. That has also seen one of the accused being DMK head honcho M Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal.
If theoretically the National Herald case can see the conviction of six Congress leaders in one shot, the number can be far greater in the 2G and allied cases. Mulayam Singh Yadav:
If the Jaya disproportionate assets case was filed way back in 1996, then the one against Mulayam was filed just in 2005. While this case is hanging in balance, a full closure has still not taken place. The original case also included his son, UP CM Akhilesh.Mayawati:
The DA case against the former UP CM has also been lying dormant for quite some time, but in the new political climate even this could be kick-started. In fact a hearing may take place this month itself.Lalu Prasad Yadav:
Lalu has already been convicted and has approached the High Court for relief. Like Jayalalithaa, he stands debarred from being an MLA or MP for 6 years. Lalu will spend the next few years visiting the HC regularly and then the Supreme Court.Ahmed Patel:
Here is one that is being fought in the Italian courts. The right hand man of Sonia finds himself under the scanner. His name was discussed in AgustaWestland scam. How much time more before the case lands in Indian courts?YS Jaganmohan Reddy:
There is also a DA case against Jaganmohan. He is out of power in both the State and Centre and has no leverage. His is also a recent case (2012). His political career is totally uncertain.Mamata Banerjee:
The number of MPs being questioned in the Saradha scam of West Bengal is in double digits. There's the business angle. There's the terror angle. There's the foreign (Bangladesh) angle. It is just a matter of time before Mamata comes into the picture as she gave Saradha favours as Railway Minister and the company bought her paintings at an exorbitant price.
That's dozens of politicians visiting the courts on a regular basis in 2014-15.
How many of them will be jailed?
That only time will tell!