Sasikala’s 1st day in jail: Tamarind rice, ragi, a stroll and back to the cell

sasi-jail1On Thursday, convicted AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan spent her first day in the Bengaluru central jail after being convicted by the Supreme Court in the disproportionate assets case.
“She spent the day like any other ordinary convict,” said a jail official. Tamarind rice for breakfast and ragi (millet)-based food for lunch and dinner was what she was given.
Draped in a white saree, she spent most of her day walking around with her co-convict Ilavarasi. Later in the evening, the jail guards escorted her back to her cell.

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Chinamma is no Amma: Her entry into jail proved that

sasijailConvicted AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan made a seven-hour long trip from Chennai to Bengaluru before she surrendered before the special court on Wednesday, February 15.

She was then taken to jail where she will be serve the remainder of her four-year term after she was convicted by the Supreme Court in the disproportionate assets case on Tuesday.

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TN govt has to recover Rs 100 crore: These Jaya assets will be auctioned

poesgardenThe Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the trial court’s order which had convicted former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa and also ordered her to pay a fine of Rs 100 crore.

The trial court had fined Jayalalithaa alone of Rs 100 crore. The court had fined AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran Rs 10 crore each, thus making the total fine Rs 130 crore.

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Sasikala vows to carry forward Amma’s legacy

sasijayaWith Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao refusing to yield to any pressure from Sasikala Natarajan and suport for Chief Minister O Panneerselvam growing, the AIADMK interim general secretary’s impatience is clearly visible.
In the multiple press conferences held by Sasikala since Panneerselvam’s revolt on Tuesday, she is claiming to be true heir of Jayalalitha and repeatedly asserting to carry forward ‘Amma’s legacy’.

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Supreme Court, not Governor will decide Sasikala Natarajan’s fate

sasiChennai, Feb 13: It is clear now that Sasikala Natarajan’s fate would be decided by the Supreme Court and not the Governor. While there is no clear indication as yet, sources say that the verdict in the disproportionate assets case is likely to be delivered by the SC on Tuesday.
On Sunday rumours were rife that Karnataka may seek to delete Jayalalithaa’s name from the case. This was, however, denied by Karnataka’s legal team which says that since she is no more, the case against her stands abated under Section 394 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

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A timeline of the Jayalalithaa DA case: 1996 to 2016

jaya-sasiIt is almost certain that the fate of Tamil Nadu politics and the elevation of Sasikala Natarajan as the chief minister would be dependent on the outcome of the Disproportionate Assets case in the Supreme Court.
The SC is very likely to pronounce the verdict next week after Karnataka, the prosecuting state made a ‘very’ loud mention reminding the bench that the verdict had to be passed soon as orders had been reserved almost eight months ago.

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Sasikala vs OPS: Legal options available for governor

vidyasagarraoChennai, Feb 10: The turmoil in Tamil Nadu continues as Governor Vidyasagar Rao is yet to take a decision on the future of the government. After meeting both O Panneerselvam and Sasikala Natarajan, the governor has sent a report to the Centre.
The governor has also sought legal opinion on how to deal with the ongoing political crisis in the state. OPS is currently the caretaker chief minister of the state. While he has offered to withdraw his resignation, the law does not permit him to do so. Sasikala, on the other hand, has the numbers and has staked a claim to form the government in TN.

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After OPS revolts what next in Tamil Nadu: An 8 point explainer

opsChennai, Feb 8: It would be an interesting day ahead for Tamil Nadu politics. With O Panneerselvam rebelling against All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam supremo Sasikala Natarajan, the state could well be staring at a constitutional crisis.
OPS dropped a bombshell late Tuesday night when he said that he was humiliated by his party colleagues which forced him to tender his resignation as the chief minister of the state.

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Sasikala as TN CM: Will these two cases stand in her way?

sasikala1Chennai, Feb 7: The journey to the chief minister’s office will be anything, but easy for Sasikala Natarajan. First, the Supreme Court is likely to deliver the verdict in the disproportionate assets case against Sasikala by next week. Another petition sought a stay on Sasikala’s swearing-in as the CM of Tamil Nadu, as the judgement in the DA case is likely to be pronounced by the apex court soon.
There are several grounds raised by the petitioner, Senthil Kumar, general secretary of a non-governmental organisation, Satta Panchayat Iyakkam. Kumar, who will argue the petition in person on Tuesday, says that in the event of a conviction, Sasikala will be forced to resign. Such kind of a situation is likely to cause riots in the southern state, he adds.

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6 months gone: No sign of the Jayalalithaa DA case verdict

jaya4Bengaluru, Dec 23: Six months have passed since the Supreme Court reserved its order in the J Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case. The death of Jayalalithaa may have taken some of the sheen out of the case. However, going by the developments in Tamil Nadu, the verdict still holds a great deal of importance.
Sasikala Natarajan considered to be a extra constitutional authority is clearly sending out signals of taking over the reigns following the death of her friend Jayalalithaa. There were some media reports suggesting that the case may fall flat in the event of Amma’s death.

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