Sasikala returns to Tamil Nadu after four years to grand reception

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KRISHNAGIRI (TN)/BENGALURU: Expelled AIADMK chief V Ok Sasikala on Monday returned to Tamil Nadu to a grand reception, days after finishing her four-year jail time period in Bengaluru in a Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate belongings case.

Sasikala, a detailed aide of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, crossed into Tamil Nadu at Athipalli in Krishnagiri district bordering Karnataka, round 10 am as her supporters broke into celebrations, dancing to drum beats and showering flower petals on her convoy.

Her return to Tamil Nadu is being keenly watched because it comes at a time when the meeting elections within the state are probably to be held within the subsequent few months.

Earlier, she left a resort on Bengaluru outkirts, accompanied by her nephew and normal secretary of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam T T V Dhinakaran, in a convoy of round 200 autos as her supporters raised slogans hailing her.

Before leaving, Sasikala, sporting a face masks, provided floral tributes to a portrait of Jayalalithaa.

Clad in a inexperienced color saree, the favorite hue of Jayalalithaa, she travelled in a automotive that sported the AIADMK flag over the bonnet, disregarding the warning by the ruling celebration in Tamil Nadu in opposition to its use by non-members.

The AIADMK has just lately petitioned the Tamil Nadu police looking for to restrain ‘non-members’ of the celebration from utilizing its flag after Sasikala travelled in a automotive sporting the flag on her discharge from a hospital in Bengaluru on January 31.

However, Dhinakaran has defended it, saying she continued to stay the AIADMK normal secretary, pointing to petitions pending in courtroom over her ‘expulsion’.

‘Chinnamma’, as she is fondly addressed by her followers, was greeted by a big gathering of people that waved each the AIADMK and AMMK flags as she crossed into Tamil Nadu at Athipallai border.

At a number of places alongside the highway to Hosur, welcome arches had been erected to greet Sasikala.

A festive ambiance gripped the cities within the border district of Krishnagiri in western Tamil Nadu with banners, flex boards, posters and hoardings welcoming Sasikala.

Women holding on their head ‘Kalasha’ or pitchers adorned with flowers lined up on the roadsides to obtain the chief.

Sasikala, who underwent her sentence on the Parapana Agrahara central jail right here since February, 2017, was let out on January 27 however remained on the Government Victoria Hospital, the place she had been admitted after testing constructive for COVID-19 whereas underneath judicial custody.

She was discharged from the hospital on January 31 after which she stayed at a resort, about 35 km from Bengaluru.

Sasikala alongside along with her sister-in-law J Ilavarasi and Jayalalithaa’s disowned foster son V N Sudhakaran had been sentenced to four years imprisonment by the Supreme Court within the disproportionate belongings case.

The belongings case was initially filed in opposition to Jayalalithaa and the three others for amassment of Rs 66.65 crore belongings disproportionate to their recognized sources of revenue between 1991 and 1996. The case was later transferred to Bengaluru.

While the trial courtroom in Bengaluru convicted all of the four, the Karnataka High Court later acquitted them.

The Supreme Court, permitting appeals difficult their acquittals, confirmed and restored the trial courtroom order convicting Sasikala, Illavarasi and Sudhakaran, whereas abating appeals associated to Jayalalithaa in view of her demise in December, 2016.

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