The Supreme Court on Friday declined the urgent hearing of PIL seeking to restrain the AIADMK chief VK Sasikala from taking oath as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. The apex court said that the plea will now be heard on February 17.

A bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice NV Ramana and Justice DY Chandrachud said “sorry declined” as the petitioner urged the bench to hear the plea.

The plea that was filed by Senthil Kumar, the general secretary of NGO Satta Panchayat Iyakkam, demanded that the swearing-in ceremony of VK Sasikala be deferred to save Tamil Nadu from the embarrassment as the AIADMK chief was involved in a disproportionate assets case.

“Till the time her name is cleared, she should not be sworn-in as Tamil Nadu CM,” the petitioner had said.

Sasikala, a close aide of the late Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa, was set to take oath as the new CM of Tamil Nadu on February 9.

Earlier on December 29, a resolution was passed by the AIADMK to appoint Sasikala as party’s General Secretary. She formally took charge on December 31.