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Chennai: Expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa and her lawyer-friend Dr. B Ramasamy got married on Monday, not paying heed to the ban imposed on them by a court. The wedding ceremony took place at a five-star hotel in the national capital and was a simple affair. The Deccan Herald reported that Ramasamy, who is pro-Vice Chancellor of Oriental Institute of Science and Technology University and ‘advisor’ to MPs, had been barred by the Family Court in Madurai last week from tying the knot with anyone as his previous marriage was “still valid”.

The court had ruled on a petition by T Sathyapriya, who had sought conjugal rights and maintenance. Ramasamy had been asked by Judge N Venkadavaradhan of the Family Court to go ahead with marrying anyone only after formally divorcing Sathyapriya.

Sathyapriya had approached the Madurai District Collector and then the Family Court after Sasikala Pushpa and Ramasamy’s wedding invitation went viral on social media last week. Sathyapriya had claimed that her marriage with Ramasamy was still valid and that he should not marry anyone else.

Sathyapriya has claimed that Ramasamy, whom she married in 2014, had wrongly claimed to her that he was a judge. Further, Ramasamy had physically assaulted her on several occasions, the woman has alleged.

However, defying the court order, Sasikala Pushpa and Ramasamy went ahead with their marriage. The photos of the couple’s marriage are doing the rounds on social media.

Sasikala Pushpa was an unknown face till 2010 but witnessed a meteoric rise in the AIADMK. She was appointed to a key party post in 2010 and went on to bag plum posts like Tuticorin Mayor (2011) and Rajya Sabha MP (2014). But, she lost the confidence of then AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa quickly too when in a leaked audio recording, she was allegedly heard criticising the flood relief work of the Tamil Nadu government. She was then removed from all party posts by Jayalalithaa. Sasikala was later sacked by Jayalalithaa after she slapped fellow MP Tiruchi Siva from DMK for allegedly “abusing Jayalalithaa”. Those claims were proved wrong.

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