Panneerselvam camp likely to visit party MLAs at resort

AIADMK leadership crisis: I can manage my enemies, says Sasikala

If she is convicted and sentenced, then she can not contest elections for the period of conviction and a further period of six years, which will virtually end her political ambitions.

Saravanan said party MLAs "were being detained" at Koovathur resort and that he had given a slip by wearing a t-shirt and bermuda (shorts). In the meanwhile Jayalalithaa died on December 5, 2016 and the appeal will abate as far as she is concerned.

"Nevertheless, we reiterate that having regard to the facts, the charge framed against them by the trial court is restored", the bench said.

Sasikala has taken refuge since last week in a luxury resort alongside several dozen AIADMK state legislators, keeping a close eye on them over fears that Panneerselvam's camp might poach them before her investiture.

She has rejected the impending verdict as the reason behind delay in forming the government. Ms Jayalalithaa was known as "Amma", with Ms Sasikala, who is known as "chinnamma" or mother's smaller sister, living with the party chief for over 30 years. Swamy relied on the Rajya Sabha replies to demonstrate that from zero income in 1989-90, J Jayalalithaa had amassed Rs 38.21 crore by 1995 though officially as CM she was drawing just the salary of Rs 1 per month. Natarajan was a co-accused alongside the late leader herself in the disproportionate assets case.

Sasikala was also a defendant in the case. It did not matter that there was the Sword of Damocles in the form of the Supreme Court verdict on a corruption case hanging over Sasikala's neck. They were given pride of place alongside interim general secretary V.K. Sasikala, who made sure she was flanked by women when she emerged to address journalists in the afternoon.

She also spoke at length about how she had stood by Ms. Jayalalithaa in all her times of crises, right from the time of the late Chief Minister and AIADMK founder M. G. Ramachandran's death.

Panneerselvam also issued a statement calling upon party MLAs to unite under him to continue Jayalalithaa's rule in the state. Following the special court order, Jayalalithaa and others were immediately taken to judicial custody and had to spend around three weeks in a prison in Bengaluru.