Chennai, February 14: Today the Supreme Court convicted AIADMK General Secretary V. Sasikala in a disproportionate assets case. Sasikala has been found guilty of corruption and the SC has sentenced Sasikala for 4 years. She has also been barred from contesting election for next 10 years. Hence her journey to be a Chief Minister ends here.
Special Forces have been deployed at the resort. Sasikala will be taken into immediate custody. The bench of two judges convicted Sasikala, giving their ruling separately. The two-judge bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy directed Sasikala and the two relatives to surrender forthwith to the trial court in Bengaluru and serve the remaining part of four year jail term. The order has been issued at a time when Sasikala had staked a claim to become the Chief Minister of the State, replacing O Panneerselvam. With the Supreme Court ruling against Sasikala and others, her chances to become the Chief Minister of the state are now ruled out.
Meanwhile 700 special forces are deployed and activists and supporters of O Panneerselvam reached to his residence to congratulate him. Celebrations at his residence started as O Panneerselvam could continue to be the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
This also gives Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam a huge boost in staking claim to be the legitimate successor to Jayalalithaa. "Amma's purity destroyed by traitors", tweeted the AIADMK in Tamil. Late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa was also named in the lawsuit, but the case against her stands abated with her demise.
A case was filed in 1996 against late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa, following a complaint by now BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, that she had assets disproportionate to her known sources of income. The Bengaluru trial court convicted Jayalalithaa on September 27, 2014, and awarded her four years imprisonment along with Rs 100 crores fine, with Rs 10 crores fine on the other three. The conviction disqualified her as an MLA requiring her to step down as CM. But she returned as CM after Karnataka HC on May 11, 2015 acquitted her, Sasikala and the others in the DA case.