VK Sasikala, who is to be sworn in as the Tamil Nadu chief minister on February 9, faces her first legal challenge, with the Supreme Court on Monday saying verdict in a corruption case against her would be pronounced next week.
The top court is hearing the Karnataka government’s plea challenging the high court acquittal of 61-year-old Sasikala and three others in the Rs 63-crore disproportionate assets case.
Though late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalaithaa was the main accused, but after her death on December 5, the case against her stands abated.
The other accused are Sasikala’s sister-in-law Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran, Jayalalithaa’s foster son who she later disowned.
Appearing for the Karnataka government, Dushyant Dave on Monday urged a bench headed by justice PC Ghose to deliver the verdict in the case. “We are concerned about the Jayalalithaa case,” Dave told court.
The judgment was almost ready and he should wait for a week, said the court, which had on June 7 reserved the verdict in the high-profile case.
Jayalalithaa was alleged to have acquired properties worth Rs 63 crore, way above her known sources of income between 1991 and 1996.
A trial court in Bengaluru had convicted Jayalalithaa and sentenced all the accused to four years imprisonment in September 2014, following which she was jailed.
Jaya, who was also fined Rs 100 crore, had to step down as the CM. It was only after the Karnataka high court reversed the trial court order that she returned as the chief minister.
Sasikala, who was named the AIADMK general secretary after Jayalaithaa’s death, was on Sunday elected the legislature party leader by MLAs, clearing the way for her to be the third woman chief minister of the southern state.
Several cases of corruption are pending against Sasikala, a close confidante of Jayalaithaa for more than 30 years.