New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear the bail plea of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case on October 17.
Her plea for bail was earlier rejected by Karnataka High Court on October 7 which said that there were no grounds for bail as corruption amounts to “violation of human rights”.
The apex court agreed to hear the plea after senior advocate Fali S Nariman pleaded to the court to "accommodate" the case in this week itself.
October 17 will be the last chance for Jayalalithaa to come out of jail before Diwali as the apex court will go on vacation for a week after Friday.
The 66-year-old veteran politician had sought for bail on health grounds shortly after she was sentenced for four years by the court.
She also denied misusing powers during her tenure as the chief minister.
The order, that came as a blow to the AIADMK chief and shocked her supporters outside, was delivered by Justice AV Chandrashekhara despite the Special Public Prosecutor Bhavani Singh saying he had no objections to grant of conditional bail to her.
Meanwhile, DIG Prisons, PM Jaisimha, said that the AIADMK supremo is fit and healthy and did not show any signs of a 'broken woman'.
Jayalalithaa also has been simple in her behaviours and treated jail officials kindly.
She was eating simple food, having a cup of curd rice for lunch and dinner, along with either a banana or an apple and hot milk along with bread and a cup of coffee in the morning.
"She is very strict about her food," he said.
Jayalalithaa also is very fond of reading newspapers and devotes one-and-a-half hours for it. "She reads Tamil and English newspapers - Dina Thanti, The Hindu, Times of India and others, between 6 am to 7.30 am," he said.
She is prisoner number 7402 - Sasikala and her relatives, Elavarasi and Sudhakaran have been given numbers 7403, 7404 and 7405, respectively.
The Special Court had sent Jayalalithaa and three others to four years in jail. They are lodged in Parappana Agrahara Central Prison.
(With PTI Inputs)