The Supreme Court on Tuesday convicted AIADMK leader VK Sasikala in a 21-year-old disproportionate assets case, dashing her hopes of becoming the chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
The verdict, which upheld a four-year jail term handed down by a lower court and banned Sasikala from seeking elected office for 10 years, ordered her to surrender immediately.
Sasikala had been anointed Jayalalithaa’s successor by the AIADMK. The party general secretary was due to be sworn in last week but a revolt by the caretaker chief minister, O Panneerselvam, disrupted those plans and the two have been locked in a bitter battle ever since.
Here’s how leaders of political parties reacted to the Supreme Court verdict and its fallout:
P Chidambaram, Congress leader: “It is a Supreme Court judgement and we are all bound by the judgement.”
MK Stalin, DMK working president : Justice has been done in the DA case.
Gopanna, Tamil Nadu Congress spokesperson : “It is a historical judgement. Justice has been delivered against corruption after 20 years of struggle.”
PM Bhaskar, convener of Deepa Peravai, a forum floated by supporters of late Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar: “The conviction is a divine verdict and Sasikala’s designs to dismantle democracy was smashed to pieces by the Supreme Court’s verdict.”