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Sasikala’s review petition rejected by Supreme Court

In a setback to AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala, the Supreme Court has rejected her review petition seeking quashing of her conviction. It may be recalled that Sasikala was convicted in a disproportionate assets case, for which, she was sent to jail by the Supreme Court. Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was also convicted, but she had died before her conviction was pronounced by the Supreme Court. Sasikala had filed a review petition, in which, she had said that her conviction in the disproportionate assets case was invalid since she has never served as a public servant. Sasikala’s desperately wants to get out of jail since there are plans to oust her from the party.

The Supreme Court today rejected Sasikala’s review petition, saying that it has no reason to change its earlier verdict. The decision was announced by a bench comprising Justices S A Bobde and Amitava Roy. “We do not find any error in the common judgment impugned, much less an apparent error on the face of the record, so as to call for its review. The review petitions are, accordingly, dismissed,” the bench said. Sasikala was convicted for amassing wealth totaling around Rs 60 crore, which was way above her known sources of income.

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