Sasikala ousted as AIADMK General Secretary

V K Sasikala, who appointed herself as the General Secretary of AIADMK after the death of Jayalalithaa, has been ousted from the party. The decision helped to create a stronghold for Tamil Nadu chief minister E. Palanisamy and O Panneerselvam. The former interim chief of the party is currently doing her sentence for a disproportionate assets case in which Jayalalithaa and Sasikala were investigated for.

The same people who took the decision to make Sasikala the interim chief made the decision today to remove her from the party.

Some reports state that the party is planning on removing TTV Dinakaran too. However, he states that he is still part of the party and serves as the deputy general secretary.

The General Council amended the laws to remove the post of a general secretary in the party thus paving the way for the dismissal of TTV Dinakaran too. The party members believe that Jayalalithaa will remain as the General Secretary and no one can take her place. This was stated as the reason to remove the post.

According to The Hindu, Dinakaran told reporters, “They (Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O Paneerselvam and others) selected Sasikala as the General Secretary. But after Sasikala went to jail they started taking steps arbitarily”.

Sources: News18, ET

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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SC sentences 4 year jail term to Sasikala

On February 14, 2017 the long awaited judgement of Supreme Court arrived to announce V.K. Sasikala, guilty of corruption in disproportionate assets case and sentencing her to a four year jail term, finally deciding her fate and ending her bid to be Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister.

The deceased Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa’s aide was found guilty of accumulating disproportionate assets in the 1990’s. The judgement was delivered by two judges separately who were Justice P C Ghosh and Justice Amitava Roy. The operative part of the 500 page judgements was delivered by Justice P C Ghosh within eight minutes.

The pin drop silence of the court was drowned by the bustle of scribes and lawyers, after which Justice Amitava Roy announced that he would be a supplementary judgement which was in concurrence with Justice P C Ghosh’s judgement.

The judgement also specified that Sasikala is barred from contesting elections for the next ten years.

Due to Jayalalithaa’s death, the proceedings against her were abated but the premise of the case was that during her term as the Chief Minister from the year 1991 to 1996, she had misused her position to amass assets worth 60 crores in a shared fortune with Sasikala and her two relatives, who were also convicted in this case.

The verdict was delivered in Delhi, while general secretary of AIADMK, Sasikala and about 120 party legislators were stationed at a resort in Chennai to prevent rival O Panneerselvam from making any poaching attempts.

Sources: NDTV and Times Of India


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

Image source: The Hindu

Panneerselvan removed from Treasurer post rebellion

In the latest development of the turmoil brewing in the Tamil Nadu government, O.Panneerselvam was on Wednesday, February 8, removed from his post as AIADMK Treasurer. The party members have appointed Dindigul C Srinivasan as the new treasurer.

The decision was taken after a late night meeting of ministers and party MLAs post Panneerselvan’s statement against Sasikala on Marina Beach. After paying a surprise visit to Jayalalithaa’s memorial, Pannerselvam said “Amma wanted me to be the chief minister.” He added that he had some revelations to make.

Sasikala retaliated to his revolt, saying that he would definitely be removed from primary membership of the party, adding that there was perfect harmony within AIADMK and that DMK was behind Pannerselvam’s actions.

Panneerselvan had earlier on February 5 resigned from the post of Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, citing personal reasons. Breaking his silence later, however, he claimed that he had been forced to resign as CM by party members who had insulted and undermined him while he held the position. His resignation cleared the way for Sasikala, AIADMK party chief to be appointed as the next CM.

However, her swearing-in ceremony, scheduled initially to be held on Wednesday, was delayed. Additionally, with Panneerselvan’s allegations that her selection as Legislature Party leader was not unanimous as indicated earlier, her swearing-in ceremony could be further delayed. In view of this delay, Panneerselvam has been retained as interim CM.

Sources: TOI, Indian Express

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Sasikala to be new AIADMK leader

On Thursday, December 29, Sasikala Natarajan, the close aide of the late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa, was appointed the General Secretary of AIADMK, the ruling party in the state. Sasikala accepted the position on Thursday after the party members passed a resolution choosing her as their next leader.

According to The Times of India, the resolution was proposed by 23 leaders, including Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam and Lok Sabha deputy speaker M Thambidurai. It was seconded by over 2,000 general council members. This is possibly the first time that a general secretary has been appointed without an election.

NDTV reported that Sasikala will formally take over the role from January 2. Her appointment as the general secretary was almost certain, given her political prominence as Amma’s aide. This is in spite of the fact that she is not technically qualified to hold the post since a candidate is required to complete five years as an active member.

This post was previously held by Jayalalithaa until her death on December 5. As soon as Sasikala accepted the post, the banner outside the party office that showed Jayalalithaa was changed to a photo of her presenting flowers to the former. Slogans of “Long live Chinamma (mother’s younger sister)” were shouted. NDTV also quoted Panneerselvam as saying, ‘Sasikala has said she will follow in Jayalalithaa’s footsteps.”