FIR against Sasikala, police reach resort

Chennai, (IANS) Hundreds of police personnel on Wednesday reached a resort near here where AIADMK MLAs backing the now beleaguered V.K. Sasikala are housed after one legislator accused her of abduction.

S.S. Saravanan, a legislator from Madurai South constituency, slapped the complaint against both Sasikala and E. Palanisamy, who was elected leader of the AIADMK legislature wing in place of Sasikala.

Saravanan landed up at acting Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam’s residence here on Monday and told the media that he scaled a wall at the resort and jumped down to escape.

He said he had to disguise himself to get away from the resort where he alleged he was held against his wishes.

Sasikala supporters insist that the MLAs backing her faction against Panneerselvam are at the resort on their free will.

Many of the legislators made the same point to the media on Wednesday.

But after Saravanan’s complaint, a large number of police personnel reached the resort.

One of the legislators, Thenarasu, told the media that the legislators would vacate the resort once the Tamil Nadu Governor invited their leader to form a government.

He said the legislators could also vacate the resort if Palanisamy told them to do so.

Thenarasu said the police made some enquiries and had left. But others at the site said they were still massed outside the complex.

Sasikala, who remains the AIADMK General Secretary, earlier left for Bengaluru by road to surrender, a day after the Supreme Court upheld her conviction for corruption.

Also held guilty were the late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and two Sasikala relatives.

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