Fresh hurdles for Sasikala, swearing-in ceremony deferred

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AIADMK's Sasikala
AIADMK's Sasikala

New Delhi : The Supreme Court was moved on Monday seeking to restrain AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala from being sworn in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on the grounds that she along with late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa were accused in a disproportionate assets case.

The PIL petitioner - a Chennai resident and General Secretary of NGO Satta Panchayat Iyakkam -- Senthil Kumar, has contended that the verdict in the disproportionate asserts case involving Jayalalithaa, Sasikala and her two relatives V.N. Sudhakaran and Elavarasi is likely to be pronounced next week.

The petitioner contended that if Sasikala was convicted and had to consequently resign then there was a possibility of riots erupting in the State.

Sasikala, who was elected general secretary of AIADMK following the death of Jayalalithaa in December last year, was elected leader of the legislature party on Sunday. She is likely to be sworn in on Tuesday.

The PIL may come up for hearing on Tuesday.