New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain AIADMK chief VK Sasikala’s plea seeking more time to surrender for undergoing jail term in the disproportionate assets case.
Earlier in the day, Sasikala reinducted her close relatives TTV Dinkaran and S Venkatesh into the party, five years after their expulsion by J Jayalalithaa.
Yesterday, Sasikala was convicted in the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case, with the Supreme Court upholding a lower court verdict sentencing her to four years’ prison term along with two of her relatives.
VK Sasikala visits MGR Memorial House in Thyagaraya Nagar, Chennai before heading to Bengaluru. At the residence of MG Ramachandran, she briefly meditated before his portrait. She also pays homage to a life-size statue of the former matinee idol at the residence, which she had unveiled recently.
The court hall where VK Sasikala is to surrender today has been shifted to the central jail at Parapppana Agrahara due to security reasons. The Karnataka High Court Registrar accepted a request by Bengaluru City Police to shift the court hall in the city citing security and other considerations, official sources said. The Parappana Agrahara jail is located close to Hosur, the entry point on Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border.
Sasikala pays floral tribute to Jayalalithaa, offers prayers at Jaya memorial. She is seen muttering something which is not audible.
TTV Dinakaran, a former Rajay Sabha member, has been appointed as AIADMK Deputy General Secretary, announces Sasikala
Elaborate security arrangement outside Chennai’s Poes Garden residence where VK Sasikala is present.
With Tamil Nadu PWD and highways minister Edappadi K Palaniswami staking claim to form the government, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader S Prakash tells news agency ANI: “Sasikala, even after the conviction, is trying to take hold of the Tamil Nadu government by putting up a proxy candidate of her own choice. The new incumbent has already met the governor and sought his permission to form the govt. I am sure the uncertainty in TN politics will soon end and a new government will be in place.”
The Supreme Court on Tuesday derailed Sasikala’s political career even before take-off by upholding her conviction for corruption along with two relatives and Jayalalithaa. The apex court has confirmed the four-year jail term to Sasikala and two of her relatives. The SC upheld that Sasikala cannot contest elections for 10 years, including the four years that she spend in jail. She was fined Rs 10 crore.