The apex court of the country had asked Sasikala to surrender at the earliest yesterday morning but the law seems to still be in her hands. She had not surrendered even at 11 AM the following day! A reportedly angry Supreme Court judge – Pinaki Chandra Ghosh – rejected KTS Tulsi’s plea asking the court for more time on behalf of Sasikala, and he stated that he will not be modifying his judgment. Usually, courts do consider such pleas but Sasikala’s vulgar display of her political power and her disregard for the court’s verdict has clearly not pleased the judges.
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“We do not intend to pass any order on this. We are not going to change anything in the judgment,” the Supreme Court judge reportedly said today.
N Ram, senior journalist, had told Times Now last evening, “It is a disgrace how Sasikala is conducting herself as though she is still in charge and continues ordering people around.”
The road to Poes Garden is not lined with grief-stricken people, whereas in 2015, when Jayalalithaa had been convicted, people across the state were breaking down with grief, threatening to take their lives and the sea of humanity that lined the streets caused much tension for the cops back then. This time, there are no grieving people on the roads and perhaps Chinnamma needs to understand that stepping into Jayalalithaa’s shoes doesn’t necessarily mean that people will love and accept her the way they did with Amma.
Meanwhile, Sasikala’s lawyer has moved a court in Bengaluru, requesting that an arrest warrant is not issued against her. If she does not surrender by evening today, an arrest warrant will be issued against her.
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Democracy rests on three pillars – the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. The judiciary in India enjoys the confidence and the faith of the people as it safeguards the democratic functioning of the nation in consonance with the constitutional framework. Sasikala, who claims to be the ”leader” of a state, should have demonstrated a leader’s ability to gauge the mood of the nation and show respect to the highest court of the land by adhering to its verdict.
Sasikala’s tactics to delay surrendering demonstrates her lack of political maturity and understanding of how a responsible leader should function – a key leadership trait that came so easily to Jayalalithaa that no one would have had to remind her to respect the law and the apex court.
Time up, Sasikala! Surrender now, Supreme Court won’t change its verdict for you!