Tamil Nadu crisis LIVE Update: SC convicts Sasikala for 4 years in Disproportionate Assets case

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Amid political crisis in the state of Tamil Nadu, former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s close aide VK Sasikala has been convicted by the Supreme Court for 4 years in Disproportionate Assets case.

Hereby, VK Sasikala will have to surrender herself to jail for undergoing remaining jail term.

Supreme Court, however, abates the appeal proceedings against J Jayalalithaa owing to her death on December 5.

The bench of Justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy passed the order on a batch of appeals, including the one filed by the Karnataka government acquitting the main accused in the case, former Tamil Nadu chief minister the late J Jayalalithaa and three others, including Sasikala.

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Since Jayalalithaa is dead, the case against her would be abated. The other accused in the case are Sasikala’s relatives V N Sudhakaran and Elavarasi. Earlier all four had been convicted by the trial court, but acquitted by the Karnataka High Court.

Following the verdict Sasikala, who was elected AIADMK legislature party leader on February 5, will be ineligible for contesting an assembly election, thereby stifling her ambition of becoming the Chief Minister.

Here are the LIVE updates:

3:10pm: Paneerselvam’s supporters stopped by police on their way to Golden Bay resort

2:58pm: The real cadre of the AIADMK also is happy that Sasikala is going to jail: Deepa Jayaraman

2:51pm: This judgement has been long in coming, and I think it is most welcome by the people of Tamil Nadu: Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayaraman

2:36pm: Sasikala expels scores of “rebels”, including minister K Pandiarajan and senior leader C Ponnaiyan, reports PTI

2:27pm: AIADMK MLAs say they won’t leave resort until governor Rao meets them

2:00pm: We have sent a letter to Governor and are awaiting his reply, says Palaniswami

1:57pm: We will file review petition, a new legislature party leader has been elected. Panneerselvam is no longer a party member: M Thambidurai to ANI

1:28pm: Letter signed by MLAs supporting Edappadi K Palaniswami as the AIADMK’s legislature party leader sent to governor

1:20pm: Sasikala to be taken into custody soon, say sources. She will be taken to Bengaluru trial court from where she will be sent to jail. Tamil Nadu police to take her into custody

1:10pm: O Panneerselvam and 12 MPs are going to Golden Bay resort where 129 MLAs and Sasikala are present.

1:05pm: Request governor to take steps to establish stable management in the state, says DMK’s MK Stalin

12:48pm: I bow in humility to your love and affection. We will form a govt without the help of any other party, says Pannerselvam

12:46pm: Amma’s atma is still around us and will guide us on the right path, says Panneerselvam

12:43pm: Panneerselvam expelled from primary membership of AIADMK by Sasikala camp, Edappadi K Palaniswami named CM candidate after meeting of AIADMK MLAs at Golden Bay resort

12:24pm: Let us forget the differences, temporary fight and come together to defeat the Oppn, he says.

12:23pm: Panneerselvam appeals to all MLAs to take a decision after assessing the current political scenario in the state.

12:21pm: Minister Vijayabhaskar told mediapersons that a new leader of the AIADMK legislative party will be elected shortly. As many as 125 MLAs are meeting with Sasikala, the party general secretary who holds the post now.

12:25pm: “I expect that the AIADMK legislators will now meet to elect a leader. If there is only one claimant, the governor can swear in the claimant and ask him to prove his majority. If there are two claimants, the governor should call for a composite vote (following the UP precedent). I have no comment on the judgement. It is a SC judgement and we are all bound by the judgement,” says P Chidambaram.

12:20pm: Mylapore MLA and former Tamil Nadu DGP Nataraj too join the OPS camp

12:14pm: Sasikala toying with names: Edapaddi Palaniswami, KA Sengottaiyan and Deepak Jayaram, nephew of Jayalalithaa as alternate CM candidates, say sources

12:10pm: Cops allowing Sasikala to interact with her close supporters, ministers on future course of action.

11:55am: VK Sasikala’s brother Divakaran and her nephew TTV Dinakaran are also inside Golden Bay resort, reports ANI

11:45am: Sasikala is reportedly addressing her party MLAs inside the resort. She is likely to activate her ‘Plan B’ to nominate another MLA for the job, reports KV Lakshmana

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