New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday find guilty AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala Natarajan in the Rs 66 Crore Disproportionate Assets (DA) case, wind up her hopes of becoming the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.
The SC sentenced Sasikala to 4 years in prison and stated she would serve the remaining 3 and a half years, having earlier gone to jail for about 6 months in the same case.
Sasikala is barred from contesting elections for 6 years under a 2013 Supreme Court judgment. This means that the AIADMK chief cannot become the Chief Minister for an effective period of close to 10 years.
Sasikala has been involved in a power struggle with interim Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam for the top post. With this judgment, O Panneerselvam’s path to the Chief Minister is now much easier.
The Attorney General of India, Mukul Rohatgi on Monday suggested Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to hold a floor test in the state Assembly to govern which camp – Sasikala’s or Panneerselvam’s – held the majority.
But with Sasikala’s verdict, the focus shifts to Panneerselvam’s ability to prove a majority in the Assembly. The Governor will still have to call for a floor test in the Assembly so that O Panneerselvam can prove a majority and be sworn in as the Tamil Nadu CM.
In the meantime, AIADMK MLA Pandiarajan, who joined O Panneerselvam 2 days ago, on Tuesday claimed that 11 more MLAs were in touch with the O Panneerselvam.