Chennai, May 19: With the voters in Tamil Nadu reposing faith in J Jayalalithaa and giving her a second term, it appears that she has crossed a major hurdle.
However, there is one nagging issue that would be on the back of her mind and that is the appeal in the Supreme Court challenging her acquittal in the disproportionate assets case.
Her fortunes to rule as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu largely depends on the outcome of this case. She had been convicted by the trial court, but acquitted by the Karnataka High Court.
Fortunes lie in the Supreme Court:
Jayalalithaa's entire political future would depend on the verdict of the Supreme Court.
The hearing in the case is underway. The Supreme Court is expected to complete the hearing in the case on June 1 2016 following which the verdict would be reserved.
Advocates associated with the case say that they expect the verdict to come out sometime in the month of July. If the Supreme Court upholds the verdict of the High Court then it is all clear for Amma.
However, if the High Court verdict is overturned then she would have to step down as Chief Minister and will be barred from contesting an election for 6 years.
The case is at a very crucial stage in the Supreme Court. Both Karnataka the prosecuting state and Jayalalithaa's counsel have argued at length to put forth their point.
The court on the last date of hearing had told the advocates to wind up arguments by June 1.The Supreme Court would convene a special sitting on June 1 to hear the matter.