Tamil Nadu’s jailed leader’s ally as­sumes power

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

NEW DELHI AFP FEB16,

2017- An ally of disgraced In­dian politi­cian V.K. Sasikala was on Thurs­day sworn in as the next leader of Tamil Nadu state, end­ing a weeks-long tus­sle over suc­ces­sion marked by bit­ter in­fight­ing.

Palanisamy took the reins of the rul­ing party af­ter Sasikala was spec­tac­u­larly hauled off to prison for graft just as she was on the verge of be­com­ing chief min­is­ter of the south­ern state.

The cor­rup­tion case dates back to the late 1990s, when Jay­alalithaa and Sasikala were ac­cused of prof­it­ing from the chief min­is­ter’s of­fice and ac­quir­ing wealth be­yond their in­come.

They were jointly ac­cused of il­le­gally amass­ing bun­ga­lows, lux­ury cars, tea es­tates and vast quan­ti­ties of gold worth the equiv­a­lent of $10 mil­lion.

She had al­ready been nom­i­nated for the top job be­fore she was con­victed Tues­day of amass­ing il­le­gal as­sets worth $10 mil­lion, bar­ring her from hold­ing of­fice for a decade.

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