Supreme Court convicted AIADMK leader V K Sasikala in the 19-year-old disproportionate assets case. The apex court restored in toto the judgement and the findings of the trial court in Bengaluru which had held guilty all the accused including Sasikala’s two relatives, V N Sudhakaran and Elavarasi.
The two-judge bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy directed Sasikala and the two relatives to surrender forthwith to the trial court in Bengaluru and serve the remaining part of four year jail term.
Soon after the verdict Sasikala suspended O Panneerselvam from the primary membership of the party and elected her loyalist Edappady K Palaniswami as AIADMK Legislature Party leader. That means if he is able to produce a list of supporting MLA then he will become eligible for CM.
But, O Panneerselvam camp rejected the appointment of Palaniswami as AIADMK Legislature Party leader. “Nobody has the authority to elect anybody,” was the terse response from School Education Minister K Pandiarajan, a supporter of Panneerselvam.
Palaniswami was elected at a meeting of party MLAs chaired by Sasikala held at a resort, where the legislators have been staying for last few days following the revolt by Panneerselvam.