In pics: Shock and celebrations after Sasikala’s conviction, Panneerselvam’s sacking
The Supreme Court on Tuesday sent VK Sasikala, AIADMK general secretary and leader of the legislature party, to jail for four years for corruption, a verdict that dashed the 61-year-old politician’s hopes of becoming the state chief minister.india Updated: Feb 14, 2017 17:12 IST
The Supreme Court on Tuesday sent VK Sasikala, AIADMK general secretary and leader of the legislature party, to jail for four years for corruption, a verdict that dashed the 61-year-old politician’s hopes of becoming the state chief minister.
The former Jaya aide had been locked in a bitter turf war with O Panneerselvam over the past weeks.
Police was put on high alert in Chennai and across Tamil Nadu n Tuesday morning, ahead of the SC verdict in the DA case.
In its ruling, the court also barred the former video cassettes saleswoman from holding public office or contesting elections for 10 years after holding her guilty of amassing wealth disproportionate to her known income. She was also fined Rs10 crore.
The verdict came on a 21-year-old case that also involved Sasikala’s mentor and chief minister J Jayalalithaa whose death in December last year sparked a power tussle in the state. Sasikala, who was not present at the sentencing in New Delhi, was asked to immediately surrender to the police to begin serving her sentence.
The news sent shockwaves among her fans back in Tamil Nadu.
Knocked out of the turf war by the SC verdict, Sasikala nominated loyalist and senior AIADMK leader Edappadi K Palaniswami as party general secretary to checkmate Panneerselvam.
Minutes after taking charge, Palaniswami, a four-time MLA from Salem and minister for highways and ports, moved to expel Panneerselvam from the AIADMK. Nineteen others were also expelled on charges of acting against the party’s policies and principles.
Palaniswami urged Tamil Nadu governor Vidayasagar Rao to let him form the government. But Panneerselvam’s camp has rejected his appointment.
“Nobody has the authority to elect anybody,” said Pandiarajan, a leader considered close to Panneerselvam.