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Sasikala's nephew Dhinakaran, expelled by Jayalalithaa, appointed AIADMK deputy

NEW DELHI, Feb 15 (TOI) : The Supreme Court today rejected Sasikala's request for more time to surrender before a Bangalore trial court that convicted her in the disproportionate assets (DA) case.

Yesterday, the top court upheld her conviction by the trial court in 2014. It also ordered her to surrender immediately to serve her sentence of four years in jail.

"We don't intend to change a word of that order," said Justice PC Ghose, one of the two SC judges on the bench that upheld the conviction.

Today's SC's decision came soon after she reinducted her once-expelled nephew into the party and elevated him to the position of deputy general secretary. 

Dhinakaran had been expelled by late AIADMK supremo and Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa in 2011.

Sasikala is now attempting to build and solidify her own little coterie in the AIADMK before she goes to jail. Yesterday, AIADMK lawmakers who support Sasikala elected Edappadi K Palaniswami as the legislature party leader. Sasikala would prefer Palaniswami become CM and not the current caretaker CM O Panneerselvam.

After yesterday's decision, Sasikala sought more time from Supreme Court to surrender before the trial court. She said she had to make some personal arrangements before surrendering. "Irreparable damage" would be caused to her if she weren't granted some time, she told the SC.

The two others, whose conviction was upheld in the disproportionate assets case, also moved the Supreme Court with the same plea as Sasikala's.

Earlier today, the state's opposition DMK asked all 89 of its lawmakers to present themselves in Chennai immediately.

Looming large is the possibility of a floor test to determine who commands support in the House - the current caretaker chief minister Panneerselvam or Palaniswami.

Sasikala, who was angling for the chief minister's post herself - before the upholding of her conviction derailed her plans - is trying to establish and solidify a group of AIADMK lawmakers and party members who will only allegiance to her and not to Panneerselvam. This, likely so he can run state and party affairs from prison via 'remote control'.

"The governor now can either have a composite floor test between the heads of two rival groups (within the AIADMK) and decide who will be CM, or, if he finds that one group has overbuilt more (of a) majority, he can also swear in that person and ask him to prove his majority on the floor of the house," attorney general Mukul Rohtagi told ANI.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Frazer Town,Bangaluru

    Wed, Feb 15 2017

    AIADMK has become a family party which is really a dangerous trend

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 15 2017

    Shas himalayas win make her side totally family concern.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 15 2017

    Shashikala will make her side totally family concern.

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  • MN, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 15 2017

    All corrupt should be behind bar forever, irrespective of "group/party" they belong. This may take few thousand years to happen in India.
    If our wish is to be ruled by scoundrels, even God will be silent allowing us to get the taste of our wish.

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  • Stan, Udupi/Dubai

    Wed, Feb 15 2017

    Whatever she do, she will not succeed in her evil design. She should not be given any special status, but rather treated like common prisoners. People think that they can do anything on money power. Instead of repenting for her sins, she is encouraging other corrupt people to take over the party and work as usual.

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