Expecting Sasikala's conviction; can’t escape 4-year jail term, says Subramanian Swamy

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New Delhi, Feb 14: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy, who has been closely following all the political and legal battles of Sasikala Natarajan, said he was expecting her conviction in the disproportionate assets case on Tuesday.

The controversial political veteran added the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam interim general secretary can't escape the four years jail term.

Subramanian Swamy

"I was expecting the conviction. I don't think she can escape the four years sentence," Swamy told ANI, after the Supreme Court pronounced its verdict in the much-awaited DA case.

In a major setback for Sasikala, who was aspiring to be the Tamil Nadu chief minister, the SC on Tuesday restored her conviction in a disproportionate assets case.

A division bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Amitava Roy set aside a Karnataka High Court order staying the conviction of Sasikala and three by a trial court.

The court directed Sasikala and the others to 'immediately' surrender before the trial court and ordered them to serve the remaining portion of their jail term.

Justice Roy, in a concurring judgment, expressed deep concern over the 'escalating menace of corruption in society'.

Earlier, the BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Swamy on Monday wondered why TN Governor Vidyasagar Rao was not inviting Sasikala to form the next government.

"Sasikala has given a list of 139 MLAs to the governor all with their signatures. She has even offered to present them in person. Whereas (caretaker chief minister) O Panneerselvam has not even presented a single paper," Swamy told the media.

"Sasikala has the majority. She has no disqualifications as given under Article 191 of the Constitution, so I can't understand what is the governor waiting for," said Swamy clarifying that opinions were his personal.

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