Jayalalithaa to remain in jail as Karnataka HC rejects her bail plea
BANGALORE: In a big blow to AIADMK chief J
Jayalalithaa, the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday rejected her bail plea in the
disproportionate assets case, saying there was no ground to grant her the
The order by Justice AV Chandrashekhara came after
Special Public Prosecutor Bhavani Singh told the court he had no objection to
granting conditional bail to Jayalalithaa, who is in prison here since her
conviction by the Special Court on September 27.
In his order pronounced in a packed court room, the
judge said there ‘are no grounds’ to give bail to the former Tamil Nadu Chief
Minister and observed that corruption amounts to 'violation of human rights'
and leads to economic imbalance.
As the SPP told the court that he was not opposed to
bail for Jayalalithaa, AIADMK supporters, who had gathered near the Parappana
Agrahara jail, where Jayalalithaa is lodged, and near the court, went delirious
anticipating her release. When the verdict came, they went into a state of
With reports emerging from the courtroom in Bangalore
that the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister was granted conditional bail, AIADMK
workers broke into dance.
In Tamil Nadu too, 'Amma' supporters started
celebrating but only to learn later that their leader will remain in jail. “My
client will take a call,” senior counsel Ram Jethmalani, who appeared for
Jayalalithaa, told PTI, after the verdict when asked whether they will approach
the Supreme Court.
The court also rejected the pleas for bail by
Jayalalithaa's close aide Sasikala and her relatives VN 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.
In his submission, Jethmalani strongly pleading for
immediate bail to 66-year-old Jayalalithaa, cited the Supreme Court verdict
granting relief to former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad in the fodder scam.
The court did not accept the submission, with the
judge noting that Lalu Prasad had spent 10 months in jail before being granted
bail by the apex court.
Arguing for the AIADMK supremo, Jethmalani also
earlier pleaded for suspension of the sentence by the Special Court which had
sent her to four years in jail.
Jethmalani asked for suspending the sentence pending
appeal under Section 389 of the Criminal Procedure Code, under which pending
any appeal by a convicted person, the appellate court may order that the
execution of the sentence or order appealed against be suspended. Also, if the
person is in confinement, that he or she be released on bail, or on own bond.
The 'regular practice' was to give bail, Jethmalani
told Justice Chandrashekhara who took up the matter which was posted for today
by the vacation bench on October 1.
Jethmalani also said appeals should be heard within a
reasonable period of time.
Criticising the judgment of the Special Court in the
Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate case, he said assets prior to the period
between 1991 and 1996 (when Jayalalithaa was Chief Minister) could not be taken
There was nothing disclosed in the conduct of
Jayalalithaa to show that she might abscond, he contended. Counsel Amit Desai,
appearing for Sasikala, Sudhakaran and Ilavarasi pleaded for bail, telling the
court that no witness talked of assets acquired by the three and suspicion
cannot take the place of evidence.