Supreme Court Upholds Sasikala’s Conviction Dashing Her Hopes To Rule TN
New Delhi/Chennai: Hopes of VK Sasikala Natarajan have been dashed by the Supreme Court which quashed the Karnataka High Court and upheld the special court judgment. The lower court judgment stays. It convicted Sasikala in Disproportionate Assets (DA) case. In an explosive climax to the 8-day drama, both the judges were unanimous in their verdict to uphold the Karnataka Special Court. On watching the breaking news in TV channels, Sasikala has reportedly broken down.
On 27 September 2013, the special court of Karnataka sentenced Jayalalithaa and Sasikala in DA case for four years of imprisonment. Later it was reversed by Karnataka High Court. Now the SC has quashed the HC verdict and upheld the decision of special court. According to the judgment of the trial court Sasikala cannot contest elections for ten years. The unanimous verdict of the SC which ran into more than a thousand pages did not pronounce its decision on late Jayalalithaa also some adverse remarks were passed in the course of the judgment. Since she had passed away, the court may delay its final judgment in her case.
The riot police have reached the Golden Bay resort where Sasikala is staying with more than 100 MLAs and other supporters. Senior leaders of the AIADMK have reached the resort to discuss future course of action. The original petitioner Dr Subramanian Swamy said he has been saying right from the beginning that Sasikala would be convicted.
Deputy Speaker Thambidurai went to the resort to discuss the situation even before the SC judgment. Sasikala may go for a curative petition but she has to go to jail first. For now, Chief Minister Panneerselvam can breathe freely and for the MLAs to come around.