Sasikala Assets Case: SC Verdict Next Week

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court is likely to deliver its judgement in disproportionate assets case involving late former chief minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa and her confidante VK Sasikala by next week. The verdict will be pronounced by a division bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy.

On June 7, 2016, the apex court had reserved its verdict on the Jayalalithaa’s decade old case for three months. On Monday, Senior Counsel Dushyant Dave who argued for Karnataka government reminded the bench about the verdict calling it as an “unpleasant duty of the counsel.”

“It is his unpleasant duty to remind the bench about the verdict that was reserved over three months back would be pronounced,” Dave said. This comes in wake of the VK Sasikala likely to assume office as chief minister+ of Tamil Nadu this week.62-year-old Sasikala was on Sunday elected as the AIADMK Legislature Party leader.

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With several cases pending against Sasikala+ as well as the members of her extended family, legal observers wonder if it would be prudent on her part to take over as chief minister now. Key members of her family include Sasikala’s husband M Natarajan, nephews TTV Dinakaran and V N Sudhagaran, her brother Divakaran, and her deceased brother’s wife J Ilavarasi. There are next-gen persons, too, like Jaya Anand from Divakaran’s family and Vivek from Ilavarasi’s family who don’t face any cases.

Sasikala’s tryst with judicial proceedings started with that of Jayalalithaa, in 1996. Jayalalithaa suffered four convictions but wriggled out of all cases but one the Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case.

Except the Pleasant Stay Hotels case, Sasikala was convicted in all other three cases along with Jayalalithaa. And the biggest test of all is the disproportionate assets case, the verdict of which has been pending before the Supreme Court since last June. It will be out any time, at least not later than May 2017, as one of the two judges is scheduled to retire by then.