The Supreme Court on Friday granted bail to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case. Finally, the Amma fans are celebrating on the streets of Tamil Nadu.
The Supreme Court on Friday granted bail to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case.
Finally, the Amma fans are celebrating on the streets of Tamil Nadu.
After the last false alarm where the High Court had done the opposite of what media reported, they get to fire crackers for real.
The order came after AIADMK chief, who has been behind bars, challenged the High Court order which had refused her bail plea.
Jayalalithaa used “various ailments” and her senior “woman” citizen status as ground for her bail. She also pleaded that she has been sentenced only for four years – a short span – in the case for getting out of jail.
It should be noted that Amma has not accepted any of the charges. She said as Chief Minister she did not misuse her powers in this case.
The 66-year-old veteran 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.
She has been charged of amassing wealth during 1991-96 when she was the Chief Minister for the first time. Jayalalithaa maintains that she acquired property through legal means.
Reportedly, she also contended that the trial court had overlooked several judgments and not considered the binding nature of various income tax orders and decisions of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, which had accepted the income and the level of expenditure pleaded by her.
“There “are no grounds” to give bail to Jayalalithaa. Corruption amounts to “violation of human rights” and leads to economic imbalance,” the High Court judge had said in the last order.
The Special Court had held Jayalalithaa and three others guilty of corruption. The court had also slapped a fine of Rs 100 crores on the AIADMK chief and Rs 10 crores fine on each of the three other accused.
This freedom, however, came after the veteran promised to cooperate.
According to the Indian Express, Jayalalithaa was given the relief after she assured the Supreme Court that she won’t take any adjournment in the Karnataka High Court and would file paper-book of her appeal within two months.
“We will not give you a day more if you fail to file paper-book within 2 months,” said the Supreme Court.
Jayalalithaa volunteered before the top court to be kept in confinement in house for 2-3 months while pressing for bail.
The court further asked Jayalalithaa to direct her party workers not to create law and order problem in the state.