As the political turmoil in Tamil Nadu intensifies, now all eyes are set on governor Vidyasagar Rao, who will take a call on the next chief minister of the state. With the pronouncement of the much-awaited verdict by Supreme Court in AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala's disproportionate assets case, legal expert believes that now it’s the endgame of Sasikala’s ambition and now the ball is in the Governor Vidyasagar Rao's court.
A division bench of Justice P C Ghose and Justice Amitava Roy, reached the dias at 10.32 am in Court Number 6, which was jam- packed with a large number of advocates and mediapersons and declared the verdict in less than 8 minutes, convicting the close aide of Amma- in DA case.
Supreme Court senior advocate Mahalakshmi Pavani while talking to News Nation tries to explain the various legal aspects in the case.
What option now awaits for Sasikala?
The only option left with Sasikala is to file a review petition. But there is a very bleak chance that she could get any respite in the DA case as a division bench of Justice P C Ghose and Justice Amitava Roy delivered the verdict in less than 8 minutes and there is no scope of any error in the verdict. So we can call it’s the endgame of Sasikala’s political ambition at least for 10 years.
After the verdict, Sasikala expeled Panneerselvam from party’s membership, with this are the doors closed for Panneerselvam too?
After the verdict, she has no right to sack Panneerselvam and it can be revoked by MLAs.
Who can become Tamil Nadu’s next Chief Minister?
With the apex court verdict, now all eyes are on Governor Vidyasagar Rao. Now the governor has two options as it happened in 1998 when UP governor had ordered a composite floor test in the UP assembly to determine who enjoyed majority - Kalyan Singh or Jagdambika Pal.
The governor can summon a special session of the assembly "possibly within a week" and conduct a composite floor test to determine who enjoys the confidence of the House – Sasikala’s loyalist Palanisamy or Pannerselvam.
Also, the governor can ask all the MLAs to elect its party leader by mutual consent.