The ongoing political slugfest between AIADMK General Secretary, VK Sasikala and caretaker CM, O Panneerselvam in Tamil Nadu, might see a closure on Tuesday, with the Supreme Court delivering a verdict in the 21-year-old disproportionate assets case.

A bench of two judges P C Ghose and Amitava Roy is expected to pronounce their judgments today where Sasikala allegedly conspired along with J Jayalalithaa to amass wealth in excess of 60 crores, in the 1990s. The ruling if not in favour of Sasikala will dash any hopes for her to become CM of Tamil Nadu. Moreover, she will be not eligible to hold any public office or contest elections for at least 6 years.

However, if the decision is otherwise in favour or a split, it will open the door for Sasikala to claim her stake as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minster.

Currently, with at least 10 MLAs more than the required number to prove her strength in the House, this will mean the end of power tussle and hopes for Panneerslvam, who is involved in a bitter war with Sasikala for over a week.

Supreme Court’s decision will also ease out Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, who is under tremendous pressure amid the crisis. Upon the hearing, he is likely to call hold a special legislative session and ask either of the parties to prove strength in the floor of the House.

Sasikala, who is said to have spent the night at the Golden Bay resort with the MLAs, has maintained that she is confident that “everything will be good” for her in the Supreme Court’s verdict on the disproportionate assets case.

She is camping in Golden Bay Resort, with at least 125 MLAs, to allegedly prevent any chance of horse trading.

Ten of the Lok Sabha and two of the Rajya Sabha members of the AIADMK, as well as six of the 135 MLAs, are siding with Panneerselvam.

The DA case was filed by the Karnataka government challenging the acquittal of Jayalalithaa, Sasikala and two Sasikala relatives by the Karnataka High Court.

First Published | 14 February 2017 9:23 AM
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