VK Sasikala would feel like a pawn in the game of snakes and ladders. Just when Chinnamma thought she was home and dry, having taken the ladder of sycophancy, she was first bitten by O Panneerselvam and then sent back to square one by the Supreme Court verdict on the disproportionate assets case.
Instead of going to the Governor's House with visions of being the Tamil Nadu chief minister, Sasikala will now go to jail. After such a tragi-comic denouement, one would have assumed Chinnamma would think twice before playing yet another game. But, obviously, she has not learnt from her mistake and her great fall.
Moments after she was convicted and sentenced for four years by the Supreme Court, Chinnamma's lawyers suggested she isn't willing to go to jail in a hurry. Her lawyers said she will seek a month's time to surrender because of 'ill health'.
Sasikala looks like a person who is impatient, full of hubris, quick to anger and used to getting her way in life. The hallmark of such people is their inability to come to terms with a situation where they have absolutely no control over the narrative and their fate is no longer in their hands. In spite of clear indications, they fail to realise that the time when their wish would be followed like a command is over. So, Sasikala, like the Queen in Alice in Wonderland, has now expressed another wish: To stay home till her health permits her to go to jail.
Up until a few hours ago, Sasikala appeared to be in peak form, smiling, flashing the V sign, scheming, yelling and threatening her adversaries with the ferocity of a tigress. Every time cameras panned to her ruddy face, she seemed in pink of health, resplendent in her colourful sarees and the large bindi that has become the hallmark of her personality. The face looked gaunt and stern, but, no, there was no sign of any illness, real or perceived.
It is obvious she has caught the illness that inflicts every politician the moment they are caught on the wrong side of the law. The spectre of punishment descends on them like a dreaded ghost, turning them pale, breathless and with a dull pain in the chest. Maybe, someday it will be diagnosed as 'post-punishment depression' or 'pre-incarceration syndrome'.
The cure for Sasikala's ailment is just this: Immediate arrest by cops and incarceration. Sasikala has already been allowed the luxury of time. Punishment for her in this case has come after 21 years of delays and let-offs. Even the SC verdict announced on Tuesday was pending for almost 8 months. Now, like an ordinary criminal, she should be put behind bars, if not willingly than kicking and screaming. Allowing her the luxury of time on the pretext of ill-health would be a travesty of justice.
Allowing Sasikala the luxury of freedom is dangerous because of the enormous power she wields on the AIAMDK in spite of being an extra-constitutional authority. Chinnamma has already caused a lot of political turmoil in Tamil Nadu because of her greed, power-lust and impatience. Letting a convicted criminal to meddle with the state's destiny would be nothing short of a crime.
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Updated Date: Feb 14, 2017 19:11:35 IST