The Supreme Court on Friday allowed withdrawal of a petition seeking to restrain AIADMK leader V K Sasikala from being sworn in as Tamil Nadu chief minister as it has become infructuous after her conviction in a graft case. The apex court had on February 14 convicted Sasikala and her two relatives in the disproportionate assets case and had restored the trial court’s order awarding four year jail term to them. She is at present in jail.
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After the apex court’s judgement, Sasikala had surrendered in jail while AIADMK leader Edappadi K Palaniswami has become the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. The matter came up on Friday before a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar which said the plea has become infructuous in wake of the development following the verdict.
Advocate G S Mani, who was representing Chennai-resident Senthil Kumar, General Secretary of NGO ‘Satta Panchayat Iyakkam’, sought the court’s permission to withdraw the plea. “Permission granted. The writ petition is dismissed as withdrawn,” the bench said.
The PIL was filed on February 6 seeking a stay on the swearing-in of Sasikala as Tamil Nadu chief minister as there was speculation that she would be taking the oath as the CM the next day.