SC convicts Sasikala in DA case, Panneerselvam's camp likely to benefit from switching loyalties

14 February 2017, 12:44 PM
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The Supreme Court has convicted V K Sasikala in the disproportionate assets case on Tuesday. Sasikala has been sentenced to four years of imprisonment by the apex court. Now she cannot contest elections for six years.

The apex court, however, abated the appeal proceedings against late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa owing to her death on December 5 last year.

The Supreme Court verdict which decided the future of AIADMK supremo VK Sasikala was pronounced at 10:30 am Tuesday. The AIADMK interim general secretary has been convicted in the DA case and will serve three and a half years of her remaining sentence.

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The Supreme Court verdict on the DA case has led to growing support for O Panneerselvam as another MLA ditches Sasikala's camp just before the verdict was announced on Tuesday

MLA S Semmalai swore allegiance to O Panneerselvam on Tuesday morning. The Mettur MLA's announcement comes minutes before the SC is expected to deliver its verdict on the DA case, involving Sasikala. OPS now has the support of 9 MLAs and 11 MPs.

In a dramatic ‘escape’ on Monday, an AIADMK MLA jumped a wall of the Golden Bay Resort, where several legislators supporting party General Secretary VK Sasikala were holed up, to join the camp of Acting Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.

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This incident occurred on the same day that the Tamil Nadu Police submitted a report to the Madras High Court, saying that legislators supporting Sasikala were not being held captive at a beach resort near Chennai.

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First Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 11:08 AM
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