Supreme Court grants bail to Jayalalithaa on medical grounds

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 18 2014, 06:35am hrs
In a major relief to AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa, the Supreme Court on Friday granted bail to her in a disproportionate assets case on medical grounds.

The former Tamil Nadu chief minister has been in a Bangalore jail for three weeks, after she was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison by a trial court.

A bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu stayed the sentence and warned Jayalalithaa against any delay by seeking adjournment in her appeal in Karnataka High Court. It also granted bail to Jayalalithaas close aide Sasikala, disowned foster-son VN Sudhakaran, and relative Ilavarasi.

While granting bail, the SC asked the AIADMK chief to advise her partys workers to remain calm and behave properly. The direction came after BJP leader Subramanian Swamy complained that following Jayalalithaas conviction, her followers allegedly made threats and damaged his property in violent protests.

The bench directed Jayalalithaa to file the paperbook of her appeal in the high court within two months to facilitate an early disposal of her appeal in the Karnataka High Court. If (the) paperbook is not filed within two months, then we wont give you even a single day more, the bench said, refusing to dispose of the bail plea and posted the case for hearing to December 18 to ensure that Jayalalithaa complies with its order.

Senior advocate Fali S Nariman,appearing for Jayalalithaa, assured the court that the matter would not be delayed, saying that he was willing to give the statement on affidavit that no adjournment would be taken by her in the high court. I undertake that no delay would be caused while appeal is heard by (the) high court. It is not a game; it may have been a game before. You can record my statement, Nariman told the bench.