DA case: SC may hear Jayalalithaa's bail plea today

After jailed former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was denied bail by Karnataka High Court following her conviction and four year sentence in a graft case, her plea for bail could come up for hearing on Friday.

DA case: SC may hear Jayalalithaa's bail plea today

Chennai: After jailed former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was denied bail by Karnataka High Court following her conviction and four year sentence in a graft case, her plea for bail could come up for hearing on Friday.

Jayalalithaa, who has been behind bars for the last 12 days, yesterday moved the Supreme Court for bail. She urged the apex court to grant an urgent hearing on her plea during the mentioning hour.

Jayalalithaa has pleaded that she has been sentenced for four years in the disproportionate assets case and she is also suffering from various ailments as grounds for her immediate relief.

The 66-year-old veteran politician said that she did not misuse her power as the chief minister in the case and also cited grounds of being a senior citizen and a woman for getting out of the jail.

She was denied bail on October 07 by the Karnataka High Court which held that there were no grounds for it as corruption amounts to "violation of human rights" and must be dealt with seriously.

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.

There "are no grounds" to give bail to Jayalalithaa. Corruption amounts to "violation of human rights" and leads to economic imbalance, the judge had observed in his order delivered in a packed court room amidst tight security in the court complex.

The judge also said that corruption had become a "serious malady in human history" and noted that the Supreme Court has repeatedly directed that graft cases should be disposed of on top priority basis and added that there is no reason to extend the benefit of suspension of sentence to the four accused, including Jayalalithaa.

Pleas by Jayalalithaa's close aide Sasikala and her relatives were also rejected by the court.

Noted lawyer, Jethmalani, who had appeared for the former Tamil Nadu CM, had pleaded for suspension of the sentence by the special court, pending her appeal against it.

Jethmalani had also said appeals should be heard within a reasonable period of time.

Criticising the judgement of the Special Court in the Rs 66.65-crore disproportionate case, he had said that assets prior to the period between 1991 and 1996 (when Jayalalithaa was CM) could not be taken into account.

There was nothing disclosed in the conduct of Jayalalithaa to show that she might abscond, he had contended.

Special Court Judge John Michael D' Cunha had, in his September 27 verdict, held Jayalalithaa and three others guilty of corruption that unseated her as CM. He had slapped a fine of Rs 100 crore on Jayalalithaa and Rs 10 crore each on the three other accused.

In her petitions, Jayalalithaa has maintained that the charge of amassing wealth against her during 1991-96, when she was chief minister for the first time, was false and that she had acquired property through legal means.

(With PTI inputs)

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