The Supreme Court on Tuesday convicted AIADMK general secretary Sasikala in the more than a decade old disproportionate assets case. The court verdict put an end to her bid to become the Chief Minister of the state. Upholding the trail court order, the SC set aside the High Court judgment which had acquitted Sasikala and former chief minister Jayalalithaa in the case.
According to the charges filed, former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa allegedly conspired with the co-accused Sasikala, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran to amass assets to the tune of Rs 66.65 crore,which was disproportionate to her known sources of income. The prosecution alleged that while Jayalalithaa was the prime accused, the other three abetted the offence by acting as benami owners of 32 private firms.
On the political front, Sasikala is fighting a bitter public battle with caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam for the control of the party. The internal crisis is threatening to split the AIADMK with each camp laying claim to Jayalalithaa’s legacy. After Panneerselvam resigned from the post a few days ago, Sasikala was set to become the chief minister of the state. But Governor C Vidyasagar Rao did not invite her to form the government.