Tamil leader Sasikala jailed for graft

Feb 17, 2017, 00:12
Tamil leader Sasikala jailed for graft

The fate of AIADMK general secretary Sasikala Natarajan, fighting a bitter power battle with Tamil Nadu caretaker CM O Panneerselvam after the demise of Jayalithaa, will be decided today as the Supreme Court is all set to deliver the much-awaited verdict in the disproportionate assets case involving her as an accused.

After being sworn-in as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami he went to Jayalalithaa's memorial to pay floral tributes to her along with his cabinet. If she is convicted and sentenced, then she can not contest elections for the period of conviction and a further period of six years, which will virtually end her political ambitions. The apex court "restored in toto" the judgment and the findings of the trial court in Bengaluru which held all the four accused - Jayalalithaa, Sasikala and Sasikala's two relatives V N Sudhakaran and Elavarasi guilty and sent them to jail. The governor gave Mr Palanisami 15 days to seek the vote of confidence of the Assembly. While speaking to local media, Panneerselvam reportedly said, "I vow to fight back".

In the case of a floor test in the Assembly, Palaniswami would lead the party and need to prove his majority against O Panneerselvam to form the government. The fissures were exposed when Pannerselvam raised the banner of revolt against the party chief on February 6 and alleged that a member of her family had indicated that everyone but Sasikala had benefitted after Jayalalithaa's death. Police presence has been stepped up at the resort.

Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar, who was among those who accompanied Palaniswami, claimed the group has the support of 124 MLAs. Ms Sasikala will continue to be the party chief.

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Of the 45 cases, 15 FIRs, including those of murder, were lodged against him while he was behind bars in Siwan jail. Shahabuddin is already facing trial in more than 36 criminal cases involving murder, extortion and abduction.

The Supreme Court will decide on Tuesday, January 14, whether V.K. Sasikala - close aide of former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa - can be sworn-in as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

While Palaniswamy retained all Ministers of the outgoing O Panneerselvam (OPS) Ministry except for K Pandiarajan, he has inducted veteran KA Sengottaiyan, the AIADMK presidium chairman in the Ministry.

General Secretary of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party, VK Sasikala arrives to surrender at Parappana Agrahara Central Jail in Bangalore after the Supreme Court rejected a plea for more time. According to the BBC, supporters of a rival politician, O. Paneerselvam, who is now standing in for chief minister, celebrated Sasikala's arrest.

Expressing anguish over her plight and harsh conditions in which women inmates live in prisons, Pugazhendi said Sasikala woke up early (5 a.m.), did yoga and walked in the barracks for a while.