Sasikala returns to TN today, govt confiscates kin’s properties

Chennai: Former All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader VK Sasikala is returning to Tamilnadu today, after completing her quarantine in Bengaluru. She will stay at her niece J Krishnapriya’s residence in the T Nagar area of Chennai.

Posters welcoming Sasikala have been put up in T Nagar ahead of her return to the state.

Sasikala was discharged on 31 January from Bengaluru’s Victoria hospital where she was undergoing Covid-19 treatment. She was undergoing quarantine since then, after being officially released from judicial custody on 27 January for completing her four-year prison sentence in a disproportionate assets case.

Meanwhile, the ruling AIADMK has lodged a complaint with police against her camp, alleging a ‘conspiracy’ to unleash ‘violence’ and sought action to ensure peace in the state.

While Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) chief and Sasikala’s nephew Dhinakaran rubbished the conspiracy allegation as defamatory and lies, the police department warned of action against ‘activities contrary to law’.

Law Minister C Ve Shanmugam alleged the conspiracy has been hatched to create ‘violence’ by using AIADMK’s name and flag and then blame the ruling party for it.

Speaking to reporters after submitting the complaint at the office of the Director General of Police, the Minister said Dhinakaran had claimed that they could not be prevented from using the AIADMK’s flag even if they went to the state police chief or the armed forces.

Dhinakaran and Sasikala’s supporters have also warned of turning into ‘human bombs’ which put at risk Tamilnadu, its people and peace, he alleged.

In a statement, Dhinakaran claimed that the police department has accorded sanction to the party’s plan to accord reception to Sasikala at several places in Tamilnadu.

The AMMK has already announced a grand reception for Sasikala right from the start of Tamilnadu border near Hosur. The police department, without naming anyone, in a statement said it has got information that some were planning to take law into their own hands and cause a breach of public tranquility and disrupt traffic movement. The state police warned of action against those who involve themselves in such unlawful activities and this is seen as a warning to AMMK following the AIADMK’s complaint.

Ahead of her return, properties owned by V N Sudhakaran and J Ilavarasi, close relatives of the expelled AIADMK leader, have been confiscated in compliance with a 2017 Supreme Court order, the Tamilnadu government said on Sunday.

The action applies to nearly 6,000 square feet land and buildings with a constructed area of 4,300 square feet plus in downtown Chennai.

With the confiscation, necessary changes have been effected in the records and the properties are vested in the government now, Chennai District Collectorate said in an official release.

The properties confiscated are undivided share in land and ‘additional buildings’ on upscale Wallace Garden Street and a ground plus one house on posh TTK Road. These are owned by Lex Property Development Private Limited’s partners Sudhakaran and Ilavarasi.


NT Bureau