Chennai, Feb 4, 2017: In a surprising move, former chief secretary Sheela Balakrishnan resigned as the adviser to the Tamil Nadu Government on Friday.
She was key members of Jayalalithaa’s team of trusted officials and was appointed to the post by the then Chief Minister in March 2014, after her superannuation from civil services.
Two other secretaries at the chief minister’s office, KN Venkataraman and A Ramalingam, were also asked to leave, besides Balakrishnan. All three bureaucrats were also key aides of Jayalalithaa’s.
According to sources, the new AIADMK general secretary, VK Sasikala had reportedly asked CM O Panneerselvam to show Balakrishnan the door, though her tenure ends on March 31.
Balakrishnan had been credited with running the government while Jayalalithaa had been in hospital last year. The AIADMK chief had been in a Chennai hospital from the end of September until she died on December 5.