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Jayalalithaa gets bail, sentence suspended
Observer Online Desk
Publish Date : 2014-10-17,  Publish Time : 16:12,  View Count : 14
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday granted a two-month bail to J Jayalalithaa on medical grounds.

It also suspended the Karnataka High Court sentence against the former Tamil Nadu chief minister in an illegal assets case.

Jayalalithaa and the three others accused in the case have been in a Bangalore jail for three weeks.

On September 27, a Bangalore trial court had convicted the AIADMK chief and the three others of four years in jail in the 18-year-old case for possessing assets worth over Rs. 66 crores disproportionate to Jayalalithaa's known sources of income during her first tenure as chief minister from 1991 to 1996.

"The bail was granted because the Karnataka High Court had not yet decided whether the sentence against Jayalalithaa should be suspended," senior lawyer and petitioner in the case, Subramanian Swamy, told reporters at the Supreme Court, adding that the AIADMK chief has been asked to remain confined to her Poes Garden residence during the bail.

Jayalalithaa has promised the apex court that she will be confined to her Chennai home for the next two to three months.

The bail to Jayalalithaa, which came on the day the ruling party in Tamil Nadu celebrates its 43rd Foundation Day, was received by spirited celebrations by supporters across the state.

While granting bail, the Supreme Court asked Jayalalithaa to direct her party workers not to create law and order problem in the state. There were massive protests and multiple suicides by her supporters in Tamil Nadu after she was convicted.

The former Tamil Nadu chief minister has been in a Bangalore prison for almost two weeks after she was sentenced to four years in jail and fined Rs 100 crore last month.

Jayalalithaa had moved the apex court on October 9 after the Karnataka High Court on October 7 turned down her bail plea. The court held that there were no grounds for granting them bail.

Besides health grounds, the 66-year-old leader had invoked Section 389 of the Code of Criminal Procedure seeking the suspension of her sentence and grant of bail till the pendency of her appeal against the trial court order convicting and sentencing her in the case.

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