Chennai, Feb 14: If on one hand supporters of Sasikala Natarajan have gone into a huddle to discuss their next course of action, fans of O Panneerselvam are celebrating after the Supreme Court convicted Sasikala in the disproportionate assets case on Tuesday.
According to media reports, supporters of caretaker Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu broke into song and dance outside his residence in Chennai to welcome the conviction of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam interim general secretary.
The supporters of Panneerselvam were seen bursting firecrackers outside his residence.
After her conviction, Sasikala is likely to spend around four-year jail term. In that case, she can't hold any public office. Experts say the conviction of Sasikala clears Panneerselvam's way to become the next CM of the state.
Till Monday, both Panneerselvam and Sasikala were staking their claim to the CM's post. While a majority of the AIADMK legislators were backing Sasikala, after the apex court's verdict there is a tremendous possibility that members of team Sasikala will soon join hands with team Panneerselvam.
The SC on Tuesday restored Sasikala's 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'.