Supreme Court grants conditional bail to J Jayalalithaa till Dec 18 in asset case

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 17 2014, 23:19pm hrs
JayalalithaaJayalalithaa volunteers before the Supreme Court to be kept in confinement in her house for 2-3 months while pressing for bail.
The Supreme Court today granted a conditional bail to former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in a disproportionate asset case on the ground that she is unwell.

Jayalalithaa gets relief after giving assurance that she won't take any adjournment in high court and will file paperbook of her appeal within two months.

"We will not give you a day more if you fail to file paperbook within two months," the court told Jayalalithaa.

Jayalalithaa volunteered before the apex court to be kept in confinement in her house for 2-3 months while pressing for bail.

As part of the conditions for her bail, the Supreme Court asked Jayalalithaa to direct her party workers not to create law and order problem in Tamil Nadu.

"We will take serious objection if unlawful activities of party workers are done on Jayalalithaa's instruction," warned the court.

The AIADNK chief has moved the Supreme Court after the Karnataka High Court rejected her bail plea. She was represented in the apex court by senior advocate Fali Nariman.

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister had sought bail on account of her age and health, saying she suffers from diabetes, hypertension and other ailments.

The 66-year-old politician was denied bail by the High Court on October 7 despite the Special Public Prosecutor not objecting to grant of conditional bail to her.

The High Court had also rejected the bail pleas by Jayalalithaa's close aide Sasikala and her relatives V N Sudhakaran, disowned foster-son of the former Chief Minister, and Ilavarasi, who have also been sent to four years in jail in the 18-year-old case.

On September 27, a Special Court had held Jayalalithaa and three others guilty of corruption. The court had also slapped a fine of Rs 100 crore on the AIADMK chief and Rs 10 crore fine on each of the three other convicts.