Tamil Nadu crisis: Supreme Court today has refused to entertain a plea of AIADMK chief V K Sasikala, who sought time to surrender to serve her 4-year jail term after being pronounced guilty in the disproportionate assets case. Taking a hard stance on the issue, the honourable bench said, “We do not intend to pass any order on this. We are not going to change anything in the judgement.” Court wanted an immediate surrender to authorities. Sasikala wanted some time to surrender to manage her affairs before going to jail, her advocate K T S Tulsi had said. He had asked for two weeks time on health grounds. According to sources, Sasikala is likely to surrender today. Sasikala wanted 4 months to surrender initially.
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On Tuesday, in a verdict that changed political equations in Tamil Nadu forever, the Supreme Court had pronounced Sasikala guilty and handed down a 4-year sentence, that was applicable immediately. The case was a 19 year old one in which Jayalalithaa was the prime accused for amassing assets beyond her known sources of income.
Speaking after the verdict, Sasikala said, “Only I can be jailed, not the care or concern I have for this party. Wherever I will be, my thoughts will be here.” She added, “For me, to form government, to set up Amma’s memorial, you should remain united.”
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The row that was going on between Sasikala and caretaker Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam for the top post in the state thereby became redundant. However, Sasikala had prepared for the possibility of a negative verdict against her and she had propped up her nominee, the newly elected AIADMK Legislature, Party Leader Edappadi K Palaniswami. He met Governor Vidyasagar Rao and staked claim to form the government. Sasikala had also sacked O Panneerselvam from the primary membership of the party.
According to legal experts the only way to solve the issue of selecting a new chief minister is the floor test. Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao has sought the services of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, Soli Sorabjee and Mohan Parasaran to aid him coming to a decision.