Chennai/ New Delhi, Feb 14: Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered its verdict in the Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets convicting Sasikala in the case. A Division Bench comprising Justices Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Amitava Roy delivered the verdict. SC has asked Sasikala to surrender immediately and serve the remainder jail sentence.
Here are all the latest updates:
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4.21 pm: Whoever is going to lead AIADMK, shouldn't be a puppet of VK Sasikala clan and should be someone whom Jayalalithaa chose: Deepa Jayakumar
4.19 pm: Good verdict; Sasikala Natarajan and her family don't deserve to lead the people of TN: Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar
4.09 pm: SC gave a timeline for judgement, governor must have used his discretionary power to wait till things are clear: Ram Madhav on Sasikala verdict.
4.03 pm: Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao gives appointment to AIADMK Legislature party leader Edapadi K.Palanisamy at 5:30 pm today.
3.09 pm: Police stopped O Paneerselvam's supporters while they were on the way to Golden Bay resort in Kuvathur, where party MLAs are staying.
2.38 pm: Leaders including Minister K Pandiarajan, PH Pandian, N Vishvananthan and senior leader C Ponnaiyan expelled by VK Sasikala: AIADMK
2.26 pm: Centre has no role to play, Government will take decision based on situation: Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on SC's judgement on VK Sasikala
2.00 pm: Information that Panneerselvam with police is coming at resort, this could create law and order problems: A. Navaneethakrishnan, AIADMK MP
1.56 pm: We will file review petition, a new legislative party leader has been elected. Panneerselvam no longer party member: M Thambidurai, AIADMK
1.54 pm: We have sent a letter to Governor and are awaiting his reply: Edapadi K.Palanisamy
1.44 pm: Letter signed by MLAs supporting Edapadi K. Palanisamy as the AIADMK's legislature party leader sent to Governor: AIADMK
1.12 pm: All MLAs have elected me as the legislature party leader, soon will meet Governor with support letter of MLAs: Edapadi K.Palanisamy.
1.07 pm: Edappadi Palanisamy with letter of support to meet governor today.
12.55 pm: Without any other party's support our own govt will continue: Panneerselvam.
12.45 pm: Unfinished task left over by Amma must be fulfilled, therefore I urge AIADMK MLAs and ministers to resume their work. I thank lakhs and lakhs of people for continuing to support us. Good governance of Amma will continue: O Panneerselvam.
12.44 pm: Edapadi K.Palanisamy appointed legislature party leader.
12.42 pm: O Paneerselvam expelled from primary membership of party.
12.28 pm: Panneerselvam's supporters celebrate Sasikala 's conviction
12.09 pm: Police enters resort where Sasikala is currently in a huddle with lawmakers.
12.00 pm: Sasikala's brother Divakaran, and her nephew TTV Dinakaran also inside Golden Bay resort.
11.37 am: Four state transport buses have entered the Golden Bay resort in Kovathur led by two IGP rank officers.
11.34 am: Mettupalayam MLA joins O Panneerselvam's camp.
11.28 am: Dharma will prevail, tweets AIADMK.
11.24 am: This verdict shows MLAs should not indulge in corruption in public life: MK Stalin.
11.23 am: The fine of Rs 100 crore will be recovered by the sale of the Disproportionate assets which was seized.
11.20 am: Panneerselvam's supporters gather outside his residence.
11.09 am: A unit of Tamil Nadu Police with senior officials enter Golden Bay Resort in Kovathur.
Tamil Nadu: A unit of Tamil Nadu Police with senior officials enter Golden Bay Resort in Kovathur pic.twitter.com/XEeBS72ywC— ANI (@ANI_news) February 14, 2017
11.08 am: I was expecting the conviction. I don't think she can escape the 4 years sentence: Subramanian Swamy.
11.03 am: Justice has been done. Judgement shows how strong and independent is our judiciary: Former Advocate General BV Acharya on Sasikala conviction.
11.00 am: O Panneerselvam to address media shortly.
10.57 am: Senior policemen along with riot police arrive at Golden Bay resort.
10.45 am: Sasikala to be taken into custody for remaining four years of her sentence.
10.37 am: Trial court order restored, Sasikala convicted by Supreme Court, ordered to be taken into custody.
10.35 am: Judges arrive at court hall 6. Judges begin reading judgment.
10.15 am: Here are judges who will deliver the verdict:
10.14 am: Government will implement SC verdict in DA case. It is discretion of government to call Sasikala or not, P P Chaudhary, Mos Law and Justice Ministry.
10.12 am: The Marina spirit awaits judgement calmly, tweets actor Kamal Haasan.
The Marina spirit awaits judgement calmly. They've always respected civil order& will maintain it. Courts have a duty & so have the people— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) February 14, 2017
10.03 am: Subramanian Swamy reaches Supreme Court ahead of Jaya DA verdict.
10.00 am: Another AIADMK MLA, S Semalai, joins OPS camp.
9.57 am: Is it clear that there are disproportionate assets, question is how much?: asks Subramanian Swamy.
9.50 am: Court hall 6 where Justice P C Ghose and Amitava Roy will deliver the verdict.
9.26 am: Senior AIADMK leader Thambidurai has left the Golden Bay resort. All eyes on a possible meeting between OPS and Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa.
8.45 am: Sasikala addresses supporters, says Panneerselvam's true colours are out. We must continue peaceful protest. We will be victorious in the end, she added.
8.40 am: The Jayalalithaa DA case cause list for today
8.32 am: Security deployment outside Poes Garden.
8.13 am: AIADMK leader Thambidurai to meet Sasikala.
7.44 am: Very confident on Supreme Court verdict in Disproportionate Assets case: Vijila Sathyananth, AIADMK MP.
7.35 am: Heavy police deployment at the Golden Bay Resorts.
6.30 am: SC to deliver its verdict in the disproportionate assets case at 10.30 am.
The verdict will be closely watched as it will decide whether Sasikala can ascend to the seat of the chief minister in Tamil Nadu or not. A conviction would bar her from taking over the coveted position. An acquittal would, however, clear her path to stake a claim to the CM's chair. However, in the case of a split verdict, the suspense would continue as the matter would have to be decided by a three judge bench of the Supreme Court.
The verdict will be delivered at 10.30 am at court hall number 6. OneIndia will keep you updated with the latest. Here are the four possible verdicts the SC can deliver:
If the judges differ in their verdict, then the matter is referred to the Chief Justice of India who in turn would constitute a three judge bench to decide on the case.
When the matter is referred to the third judge, the order of acquittal passed by the High Court would be in force. This would mean Sasikala can ascend the seat of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
If both judges agree on the conviction, but differ on the sentence, then Sasikala would stand disqualified to occupy the Chief Minister's chair. Only the quantum of the sentence would be decided by a three judge bench. An order of conviction would disqualify Sasikala from contesting an election within six months of her swearing in which is a pre-requisite under the Representation of People's Act.
There is also every chance the Supreme Court can refer the matter back to the Karnataka High Court for fresh consideration since Jayalalithaa who was the main accused in the case is no more.