Chennai: Tamil Nadu caretaker chief minster O Panneerselvam’s hope may be dashed and euphoria among his fans evaporate as stars don’t seem to be supportive of him. When the two member Supreme Court bench’s verdict in disproportionate asset came out this morning, OPS fans looked joyous.
Nonetheless, as the euphoria surrounding the judgment that will keep Sasikala incarcerated in prison for the next four years died down, it dawned on him and his supporters that the ventual victor may be someone else.
Earlier in the day apex court convicted AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala in a disproportionate assets case on Tuesday. But it was not the most criticized in the case. The apex court used very tough words against Jayalalithaa, the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu who passed away a couple of weeks ago.
In the judgment the court said that) Jayalalitha (A1 or Accused 1) had executed a general power of attorney in favour of Sasikala. It also observed that Sasikala started independent concerns (firms) and apart from buying properties, no other business was undertaken by them. The court went on to add that the firms were operating from the residence of Jayalalithaa, and it can’t be accepted that she was unaware of the same, even though she feigned ignorance of activities carried on by Sasikala and the other accused.
Following the verdict, AIADMK said that the party will review petition. The party also elected a new legislature party leader in the form of Edappadi K Palaniswami. It is said that letter signed by MLAs supporting Edappadi K Palaniswami as the AIADMK’s legislature party leader sent to governor. There were as many as 125 MLAs with Sasikala when the decision to expel Pannerselvam from primary membership of the party was taken.