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Setback for VK Sasikala: Supreme Court convicts her in DA case, awards 4-year jail term
The Supreme Court of India has convicted AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala in DA case and sentenced her to 4 years in jail. The apex court also asked Sasikala to surrender immediately.

The two-judge bench of the country's top court comprising Justices Amitava Roy and Pinaki Chandra Ghosh rejected Karnataka High Court's ruling acquitting late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa's key aide Sasikala and others in disproportionate assets (DA) case.

The Supreme Court has also convicted two more people along with Sasikala. The court said that the AIADMK leader must serve her remaining jail term. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10 cr on each of the accused.

With this conviction now Sasikala can't contest polls for next ten years. It also means that she can't become legislator, thus not eligible to become chief minister.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had filed a complaint against late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, VK Sasikala and others in 1996. In a tweet today, Subramanian Swamy claimed the apex court's verdict as his victory.

Meanwhile, Sasikala camp has elected Edapadi K Palanisamy as legislature leader of the party and removed OPS from the primary membership of the party.

After the Supreme Court's verdict celebrations have begun at caretaker chief minister O Panneerselvam's residence. OPS had revolted against Sasikala while saying that he was forced to resign from the post of chief minister.

Sasikala, who had presented her claimed to be the next chief minister of Tamil Nadu, had called Panneerselvam a liar.

Both the camps were claiming support of majority MLAs with them. Sasikala, who was saying that 134 party MLAs were with her, had confined all of them at a resort in the state.

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