New Delhi/Chennai: The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) carders on Saturday evening gave a warm welcome to their chief J Jayalalithaa soon after she arrived in Chennai after spending 21 days in the Bangalore Central Jail. The Supreme Court had granted bail to the former Tamil Nadu chief minister yesterday.
Along with Jayalalithaa, convicted of possessing assests disproportionate to her known sources of income, her aide Sasikala Natarajan and two others have also been granted bail.
As soon as the special flight carrying Jayalalithaa landed at Chennai airport today and when she came out, AIADMK cadres, who had assembled here in large numbers shouted 'Long Live Amma'. Around 500 police personnel were deployed at the airport for security.
She then drove straight to her residence in Poes Garden area.
Meanwhile, party cadres - men and women - braving heavy rain, even assembled outside her residence to have a glimpse of their leader. They also lined up on both sides of the road outside the airport to greet Jayalalithaa.
"It is pouring here as she is reaching the city. She brings rain to the city," a party worker said.
Earlier in the day, the AIADMK supporters erupted in joy as soon as the AIADMK chief walked out of the Bangalore Central Jail amid tight security arrangements. She was received by top AIADMK leaders including Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.
The Bangalore Police had imposed restriction on the movement of people under Section 144 in one kilometre radius around the Central Jail ahead of the release of Jayalalithaa, who was languishing in jail for the past three weeks after being held guilty in a disproportionate assets case.
"We have imposed prohibitory orders in and around the prison area so that there is no untoward incident; there is no gathering of people. We have deployed large number of policemen both civil and armed as well as traffic not only in and around this area, but also along the Hosur road and along the route that we expect her to take to the airport," Bangalore Police Commissioner MN Reddy told the media earlier today.
Many supporters of Jayalalithaa had gathered around the jail since yesterday.
Jayalalithaa, who was denied bail by the Karnataka High Court following her conviction in the graft case, had moved the Supreme Court for bail on October 9.
The AIADMK chief had challenged the Karnataka High Court's decision to deny her bail.
Jayalalithaa had pleaded that she be given immediate relief as she was suffering from various health-related ailments.
A petition has also been moved in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to shift Jayalalithaa from Bangalore to the Chennai Central Prison.
With Agency inputs