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AIADMK likely to decide on Jayalalithaa's successor today

India Blooms News Service | 28 Sep 2014, 04:21 pm
Chennai, Sept 28 (IBNS): A day after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was sentenced to jail for four years in connection with the 18-year-old Disproportionate Assets (DA) case, ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) legislators are likely to decide on the new Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on Sunday.
The MLAs are reportedly scheduled to meet in Chennai on Sunday to decide on a successor to Jayalalithaa.
 
"Some of the names of Jayalalithaa's cabinet ministers including O Panneerselvam, Natham Viswanathan and V Senthil Balaji besides former Chief Secretary and Advisor to Tamil Nadu government, Sheela Balakrishnan are doing the rounds for the top post," CNN-IBN reported.
 
In a massive setback, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was sentenced to jail for four years after her conviction along with three others by a special Bangalore court in the 18-year-old Disproportionate Assets (DA) case. The Chief Minister was present in the court when the verdict was delivered.
 
She has also been fined Rs 100 crore along with the jail sentence under prevention of corruption act. She would be taken into custody eventually.
 
The AIADMK chief will have to resign as the CM owing to the conviction since a Supreme Court ruling in such cases makes it mandatory for lawmaker sentenced for more than two years to be disqualified from the office. 
 
Jayalalithaa, 66, has been found guilty of corruption by the special court near the Bangalore Central Jail. She had flown down to Bangalore from Chennai to be present in the court.
 
The case was filed in 1996 by Subramanian Swamy, now a BJP leader, in 1996. 
 
Jayalalithaa had already spent a few days behind the bars after she was arrested in the case about 18 years ago during the opposition DMK rule.
 
It was argued in the court that she had amassed property worth Rs. 66 crores - including 30 kg of gold, 12,000 saris and 2000 acres of land- despite not taking any salary as chief minister. 

AIADMK likely to decide on Jayalalithaa's successor today

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