Sasikala: Guilty verdict ends Jayalalitha aide's chief minister bid

Meanwhile Sasikala, who had been elected the Leader of the Legislature Party unanimously on February 5, has named Edappadi K Palanisamy as the CM candidate in her stead.

The apex court also upheld the trial court's judgement sentencing Sasikala to four years imprisonment.

After the verdict, fresh also took place from the Sasikala camp. The apex court, on June 7 a year ago, had reserved its verdict on a batch of appeals filed by Karnataka government and others against the high court order acquitting then Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and others in the assets case after hearing a battery of lawyers from both sides.

Former chief minister Jayalalithaa was accused of illegally amassing property, gold and cash during her first stint as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. "It is also introspection time for the AIADMK", BJP general secretary P Muralidhar Rao, also party incharge for Tamil Nadu, told HT.

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Supreme Court judges ordered all the 3 victims Sasikala, Elavarasi and Sudhagaran to surrender in the court in the next 4 weeks.

The all-important Supreme Court verdict, which will decide the future of AIADMK supremo VK Sasikala, locked in a battle for chief ministership with O Pannerselvam, is set to be pronounced tomorrow. Breaking down while making her statement, she blamed Karunanidhi for the case filed against her and Jayalalithaa and called today's verdict a result of a case filed by AIADMK's "enemy" Karunanidhi.

Sasikala, a confidante of late chief minister J Jayalaithaa for more than 30 years, was perceived to be close to the Congress.

After a continuous political turmoil in Tamil Nadu state politics, here's a moment where a verdict was drawn. She has moved a number of MLAs to Koovathur resort near Chennai, where they have been staying for several days. Chief Minister O Panneerselvam saying "Veda Nilayam" would be converted to a memorial, as per the wish of Jayalalithaa, had launched a signature campaign. We have to see on which basis she will get conviction.

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