After the Karnataka High Court has rejected the plea for bail by the convicted AIADMK supremo J Jayalalitha on Tuesday, she is expected to move to Supreme Court on Wednesday, challenging the verdict of HC for refusing her bail plea.
The recent Supreme Court orders in corruption cases have been referred by the bench while ruling against Jayalalitha’s plea. The court has dismissed the pleas for granting the bail and suspending the four-year imprisonment, saying the Supreme Court had taken a tough stand against corruption cases in recent times and had called “corruption a violation of human rights.”
Jayalalitha has been found guilty by a special court in the 18-year-old disproportionate assets case two weeks ago and has been sentenced to four year imprisonment and charged a penalty of Rs 100 crore.
Observing that there were no grounds to suspend the sentence, the court declared, “In view of the clear observation of the apex court that corruption is a violation of human rights, this is not a fit case for suspension and bail. Bail plea is liable to be dismissed.”
The court mentioned that it is possible to suspend the sentence in cases which is less than seven years, but said that it is not an absolute right. Also, the court pointed out that there were evidences in Jayalalitha’s case. It said Jayalalitha held the "highest post" in the state and committed "a very serious crime" which "is not a small offence." Citing a Supreme Court observation, court said, “conviction after a trial means a person is assumed to be corrupt till exonerated by a higher court.”
Meanwhile, Jayalalitha’s lawyer Ram Jethmalani cited the Lalu Prasad case in the fodder scam and mentioned that during his case, the high court had refused bail whereas it was granted by the Supreme Court. Regarding Lalu case, the court denied the submission and said that Lalu Prasad had spent 10 months in jail before being granted bail by the apex court.
Though Jethmalani assured the judge Jayalalitha would abide by any condition put forth for bail, and noted, as she was a former chief minister, she would not disappear or escape from the country, the court denied the plea.
However, the rejection of bail plea paved way for disappointments and protests among the supporters and fans of “amma.”
Meanwhile, after HC rejects the bail plea, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has asked his supporters to be calm, not to resort to violence or force shops and other establishments to close. He said, "Jayalalithaa would not like these activities."