Chennai, Feb 14: After the verdict of the Supreme Court which went against Sasikala, news of her not surrendering before the Bengaluru court on Tuesday arrived. Sasikala also made Edappadi Palanaswami as the proxy for the CM candidate. Following this V Maitreyan from Panneerselvam camp is expected to arrive at Raj Bhawan at 7 pm. Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside the Karnataka High Court’s order and gave Sasikala Natarajan a jail term of four years in disproportionate assets case against her. Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, Sasikala and her relatives V. N. Sudhakaran and Elavarasi were held guilty for amassing disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs. 66.65 crore during her first term as Chief Minister from 1991 to 1996. They were also sentenced to four years with a fine of Rs. 10 crore each. The Supreme Court said Sasikala must serve her remaining jail term. It means Sasikala will have to spend more than 3 years in jail now.
“People are making allegations against me. I have decided to stay back at this resort with the MLAs. Let anybody who wants to leave, leave. I have decided to move out of Poes Garden and live with the MLAs at the resort,” she said. Alleging that the MLAs staying at the resort are being threatened, Sasikala said, “The final decision rests with the governor. But what we want is that peace should be maintained. I have asked all party cadre to ensure calm. Let them protest, but nobody will resort to violence.”
Chennai: Security deployment outside Poes Garden, as precaution ahead of SC’s verdict in DA case against #VKSasikala, to be announced today pic.twitter.com/LA7EHFomBl
While at the Golden Bay Resort, Sasikala addressed the media and said that she expects good news in today’s judgement. “Justice will prevail. Dharma will win. I want Amma’s legacy and vision to be carried forward. Everybody can watch what we do as a party under my leadership,” Sasikala said.
Two weeks back, an NGO had filed a petition in the Supreme Court stating that Sasikala Natarajan should not be allowed to be the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu till a judgement is announced on whether she is one of the accused in assisting Jayalalithaa in collecting fortune which they had shared worth Rs 60 crore is still hovering over her. The petition also mentioned that Sasikala shouldn’t be given the top job till the judgement is delivered.
The AIADMK MLAs, however, maintained all along that Sasikala should be made the Chief Minister before the DA case judgement. With the case hanging on her head, the AIADMK maintained that even if the verdict goes against her, a short stint as the CM would help her to retain power in the party and come back as their leader. Also, if Sasikala is convicted in the case, it is likely that the state might plunge into political turmoil.
The fight for the Tamil Nadu throne has intensified since last few days as more and more MLAs left Sasikala and joined caretaker Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Panneerselvam. Last night, AIADMK’s South Madurai MLA Saravanan and MP from Madurai R Gopalakrishnan extend their support to Panneerselvam.