Sasikala’s Swearing-in Uncertain After PIL
There is no official word from Raj Bhavan on the swearing-in; governor Rao left for Mumbai from New Delhi
Chennai/New Delhi Political uncertainty gripped Chennai, a day after AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala was unanimously elected the leader of her legislature party. There was no official word from Raj Bhavan on the swearing-in and governor C Vidyasagar Rao who was in New Delhi left for Mumbai. Queering the pitch for Sasikala, a public interest litigation was filed on Monday that sought the Supreme Court’s intervention to prevent her taking over as the CM. The PIL wanted the SC to rest rai n Sasi ka l a f rom bei ng sworn in as CM on the grounds that the court was likely to pronounce within a week the verdict in a corruption case in which she and the late J Jayalalithaa were accused. The PIL was filed by Chennai resident Senthil Kumar, general secretary of NGO Satta Panchayat Iyakkam, hours after the apex court indicated it could deliver its judgement on the appeals challenging the acquittal of Jayalalithaa and Sasikala in the 19-year-old disproportionate assets case.
Sasikala, along with Jayalalithaa’s other aides VN SudhakaranandJElavarasiwere booked under various sections of Prevention of Corruption Act and IPC for amassing wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income in 1997. The trial of the case was shifted by Supreme Court to Bengaluru on a petition filed by a DMK leader and the court there had convicted them on September 27, 2014. However, the Karnataka High Court had reversed the Special Court’s judgment on May 11, 2015. The Karnataka government had filed an appeal in the Supreme Court.
The PIL is likely to be heard on Tuesday morning. Kumar contended that if Sasikala will be con- victed and forced to resign, there was possibility of riots erupting all over Tamil Nadu. He said law and order may worsen in such an eventuality as the state was already facing a “desperate situation” due to cyclone, demonetisation and death of Jayalalithaa. The petitioner claimed in case the appeal against her acquittal resulted in conviction, AIADMK workers may once again protest and disturb normal life of Tamil Nadu. The petitioner said he filed the plea in the interest of people of Tamil Nadu and to maintain the peace in the state. Earlier on Monday, a bench headed by Justice PC Ghose asked senior advocate Dushyant Dave, representing Karnataka, to wait for a week after he made a mention before it regarding the delay in pronouncement of the verdict in the DA case.