Sasikala’s lawyer to seek her transfer from Bengaluru prison to Chennai jail

On February 14, Supreme Court pronounced its verdict on disproportionate assets case and convicted Sasikala and her relatives J Ilavarasi and V N Sudhakaran. Now, jailed AIADMK general secretary, Sasikala’s lawyers are trying to seek her transfer from Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara jail to Chennai’s Puzhal Central Prison.

According to the procedures, Sasikala’s lawyers have to apply either to the superintendent of ParappanaAgrahara jail or approach the Karnataka law minister. “It is up to the consent of the two states. We will move the plea to Karnataka government Karnataka government which will in turn forward our request to the Tamil Nadu government,” said N D S Kulasekharan, Sasikala’s counsel.

Sasikala’s counsel said that they are considering to move to the Supreme Court with a review petition. Sasikala has to file a review petition within 30 days of the proclamation of her verdict.

B V Acharya, the special public prosecutor in the disproportionate assets case said, according to the jail guide, shifting a prisoner could be decided among the top officials of the two prisons. He also added, “However, Sasikala’s case is different. She has been imprisoned in the Karnataka jail as per the directions of the Supreme Court. According to me, she cannot be shifted without the SC’s permission. If they do so without informing the apex court, then it can be challenged.”

Sources – TOI, IndiaTv

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Sasikala appoints Dinakaran as deputy general secretary

With her return to jail imminent, Sasikala, the interim General Secretary of AIADMK revoked the suspension of her nephews TTV Dinakaran and S Venkatesh from the party, reappointed them members and even appointed Dinakaran as the deputy general secretary of AIADMK. This move came five years after their expulsion by Jayalalitha.

Sasikala, in a statement, said that they met her and gave an apology for their previous actions and even submitted their apology in writing. Dinakaran was removed from the party in December 2011 on the charges of interfering with the government administration.

On Tuesday, Sasikala was convicted in the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case, with the Supreme Court upholding a lower court verdict sentencing her to four years’ prison term along with two of her relatives.

Dinakaran was a part of the AIADMK team led by Edappadi K Palaniswami which met the state Governor Vidyasagar Rao and staked claim to form the government. Sasikala, who had sacked rebel leaders including CM O Panneerselvam from the party, was questioned by leaders, contending that she does not have powers to appoint and remove anyone.

Sources: Hindustan Times, News18

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77 died in grief of Amma’s death

The demise of Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, brought in great misery to the state and its people as 77 people died out of grief. Jayalalithaa’s death has apparently created a panic situation across the state.
Tamil Nadu’s ruling party AIADMK made this statement announcing a relief of Rs 3 lakh to deceased’s kin. They also released the list of 77 dead persons, who hailed from different parts of the state.
A party cadre, who attempted self-immolation after knowing about Amma’s ill health, will be compensated with a sum of Rs 50000. Another act of grief was reported wherein Makali of Ugayanur, Tirupur district had chopped off his finger. The party will bear the medical expenses for both.
After being hospitalized for 75 days, Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest and took her last breath on Monday evening. Thousands of people came to Marina beach to pay her homage. President Pranab Mukherjee and PM Narendra Modi were also present during the cremation of Amma.
Chennai lost its most promising leader and a mother figure. The state has come to a standstill after the loss.
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Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa passes away at age 68

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram or Amma, as she was fondly called, passed away in Chennai on December 5, 2016, at 11:30 pm. She suffered a massive cardiac arrest on December 4. The 68-year-old politician had been undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals since September 22, 2016. The information was confirmed by interim Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam who gave the news to the MLAs in a party meeting.

A team of cardiologists from AIIMS, New Delhi were flown in to treat her on December 4.

According to India Today, the hospital released a statement which said: “It in with indescribable grief, we announce the sad demise of our esteemed honorable chief minister of Tamil Nadu Puratchi Thalaivi Amma at 11:30 PM today, 5-12-2016.”

The hospital kept the media up to date by tweeting about her health condition. However, rumors went around since the evening that Jayalalithaa had passed even though she did not thus cause panic among the citizens of Chennai. Despite the hospital having said that the Chief Minister was not dead, the party flag was said to have been flying half mast at the AIADMK Office through the majority of the day.

O Pannerselvam has taken oath as Tamil Nadu’s new Chief Minister.

Security has been beefed up throughout the entire city to prevent any violence by emotional party workers.

Many top officials have already visited the Hospital after the news of Jayalalithaa’s demise, including Advisor to the CM, Sheela Balakrishnan, Health Minister Vijayabaskar and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted saying Jayalalithaa’s death has caused a huge void in Indian politics.

Schools and colleges in Chennai have been declared closed for the next three days. 7-day state mourning is announced in Tamil Nadu from December 6.

 

Sources: Indian Express, Times of India, NDTV

Disputed Waters: 16 Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested

Sixteen fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested by Sri Lankan naval forces and were taken under custody on Thursday, reported The Indian Expess. The fishermen belonged to a village near Rameshwaram and were captured when they ventured into the waters for the catch of the day near Katchatheevu.

Accused of allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line(IMBL), the fishermen were arrested and taken to Kangesanthurai by Sri Lankan Navy personnel.

Fisheries Department Assistant Director K D Gopinath told the Economic Times that the Lankan Navy snapped 50 fishing nets of the boats. Stones were hurled which forced several of them to retreat.

This is the fourth such incident of arrest in international waters over maritime borders. Initial arrests over this issue were made on July 3 2016. A total of 44 fishermen have been arrested over the last three days.

Expressing concerns over the growing arrests and the increasing difficulties faced by the fishing community, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had written to PM Narendra Modi for the fishermen’s release. The Chief Minister alleged the arrests as an “unconstitutional” act by the Sri Lankan Navy.

The two neighbouring states are yet to start a negotiations over the issue.

10 Opposition MLA’s resign to join AIADMK just before assembly polls.

The Tamil Nadu opposition party has been reduced to 21 MLA’s after 8 MLA’s resigned from DMDK, one from PMK and one from Puthiya Tamizhagham. All the 10 MLA’s have left the Assembly to join the AIADMK. Their resignation comes after the 10 had been operating as a separate block in the Assembly.

”Yes. It is true. Ten of us have tendered resignation.” Said one of the MLA’s who quit. The DMDK MLAs who tendered their resignation are–K Pandiarajan, , C Arun Pandian,S Michael Rayappan, R Sundarrajan, M Arun Subramanian, K Tamil Azhagan , T Suresh Kumar and R Santhi. A Ramasamy (Puthiya Tamizhagam) and Kalai Arasu (PMK) also tendered their resignation, sources said.

One of the MLAs to quit the DMDK said,”The assembly session is ending and we need not now continue with DMDK. We will join the AIADMK officially soon and this resignation is a prelude to that.”

The signs of dissent between the DMDK first were seen in 2013. Several of DMDK MLA’s had met CM J. Jayalalitha in 2013, expressing their wish to distance themselves from DMDK.

 

Sources: The News Minute: http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/jayalalithaas-mini-coup-10-opposition-mlas-submit-resignation-join-aiadmk-39292

Centre lifts ban on Jallikattu

With the harvesting season just a few days away, the Center on Friday lifted the ban on Jallikattu (bull taming) this year. The ban was lifted by a notification from the Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar, which states that bulls can be used and trained for the sport and also be exhibited during festivals for performing.

The notification also lifts the ban from other bull related sports which are practiced traditionally in Tamil Nadu and places like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Haryana, Kerala and Gujarat. The notice also specifies that, “In case of Jallikattu, the moment the bull leaves the enclosure; it shall be tamed within a radial distance of 15 metre.”

However, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has told that they will be going against the Center’s order and will contest it with immediate effect. The AWBI Chairman told TOI, “We are disappointed that the government has ridden roughshod over such explicit directions of the Supreme Court.”

The sudden act by the Center came due to pressure from several politicians in Tamil Nadu including a letter from the CM, J. Jayalalithaa to the Prime Minister to allow the traditional practice to happen during Pongal.

 

Sources: TOI , The Hindu