Uncertainty Surrounds Sasikala’s Swearing in, Governor Seeks Legal Advice

If Sasikala is found guilty in the disproportionate assets case, in which the Supreme Court is set to deliver its judgment soon, she will have to step down as chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

V.K. Sasikala. Credit: PTI

V.K. Sasikala. Credit: PTI

Chennai/Mumbai: The prospects of AIADMK general secretary V.K. Sasikala’s immediate swearing-in as Tamil Nadu chief minister appeared remote with governor C. Vidyasagar Rao headed for Mumbai from New Delhi and not to Chennai.

Amid reports that Rao was seeking legal advice before administering the oath of office to Sasikala, Maharashtra Raj Bhavan sources said he arrived in Mumbai on Monday night.

There was, however, no official word on what the governor was exactly planning to do after the Supreme Court on Monday indicated it could deliver a judgement soon in a disproportionate assets case against Sasikala. Late Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa is also an accused in the case.

A conviction after being sworn in would result in Sasikala having to step down as chief minister.

A PIL was also filed in the Supreme Court on Monday seeking to restrain Sasikala from being sworn-in as chief minister as her having to resign, in case she was convicted in the case, could lead to law and order problem in the state.

Rao had travelled from Coimbatore to the national capital on Sunday night after Sasikala was elected leader of the AIADMK legislature party, clearing the decks for her elevation as the chief minister. Chief minister O. Panneerselvam on Monday tendered his resignation and those of his ministers to Rao, which were accepted.

According to a Chennai report, the Madras University Auditorium, which had earlier hosted the swearing-in of Jayalalithaa, was being reportedly spruced up for the occasion.

A senior AIADMK source said all arrangements were in place for the swearing-in.