Sasikala convicted, ordered to be taken into custody


The party said a petition has been filed in the Supreme Court asking Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao to invite party chief VK Sasikala to form a government in the state within 24 hours. Sasikala with her co victims will be jailed for 4 years with penalty of 10 crores each.

She stated that Tamil Nadu's acting Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam asked her to take charge but she ignored saying that she can't at this juncture and so he was given the responsibility. But then, the MLAs inside the resort are said to be growing restless as they feel Sasikala do not trust them.

On the other hand, police today submitted a report to the Madras High Court after recording the statements the MLAs who are allegedly held "captive" at a resort near here.

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The case against Jayalalithaa however stood abated since she is deceased.

But with Sasikala's conviction, the focus shifts to Panneerselvam's ability to prove a majority in the Assembly.

Chinnamma, who was supposed to swear-in as the chief minister of state on Friday, termed the delay as a maneuver to split late CM J Jayalalithaa's party.

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If Sasikala is convicted, she will be ineligible for contesting Assembly polls. Explaining the eve-nts that led her to "re-move" Mr Panneerselvam from the chief minister's post, Ms Sasikala said she received complaints from ministers and others about the chief minister's links with the DMK.

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Mr. Panneerselvam was Finance Minister in Ms. Jayalalithaa's Cabinet and was also handling all the portfolios held by her after she was hospitalised on September 22. 1, which highlighted the point that her income was not proportionate to her assets. Elaborating further, she said that when Amma passed away, she came to know about conspiracy being hatched to divide the party.

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AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala was convicted by a two-member bench of the Supreme Court on Tuesday.