After finishing the formalities, former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalaithaa was released formally from the Parappana Agrahara jail in Bangalore at 11:30 am on Saturday amid huge gathering of people outside the jail stretching about half-a-kilometer, when the judge signed the papers.
Jayalalithaa had to spend one extra night at the jail yesterday as her bail order’s communication was delayed on Friday evening. Karnataka’s deputy inspector general (prisons) PM Jaisimha earlier said, “As the special court has not received the Supreme Court order granting Jayalalithaa interim bail till evening, the judge could not issue the release order on Friday.”
Saturday morning saw Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Paneerselvan reaching the jail in his convoy, while many supporters were seen rushing to the jail. Jayalalithaa, breaking her 3-week silence asked her party workers to remain calm and not to make any remarks on judiciary. Special Court judge Justice D.Cunha accepted the sureties and signed the bail order before freeing the IADMK leader.
As of 11:30 am, lawyers of Jayalalithaa submitted the bail order of the Supreme court to the Special Court and relevant sureties were given. the court said it has accepted the sureties given and released her. It may, however, take another one hour before Jayalaithaa formally walk out of the jail. About 100 buses were either stopped or returned from the main road leading to the jail to avoid traffic jam.
While Section 144 was imposed around the jail, Jayalalithaa supporters are seen all around chanting AMMA and waving their ID cards, while the bangalore police were deployed in huge numbers along the road and many barricades stood blocking the road to the Parappana Agrahara jail.
On Friday, a three-judge apex court bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu stayed Jayalalithaa’s four-year jail term in a Rs.66-crore corruption case that dragged on for 18 years and granted an interim bail till December 18 on medical grounds as she is diabetic and has hyper tension.
“We will release Jayalalithaa from jail on receiving the special court’s order and on paying surety the court will fix Saturday in compliance with the conditions the Supreme Court mentioned in the interim bail,” Jaisimha said.
Though Jayalalithaa knows the Supreme Court order, it could not be conveyed to her as the official order has not reached the prison authorities on Friday, he said. “We will inform her about it after the special court sends the order and will release her by Saturday afternoon on paying surety to the court,” Jaisimha said.
The special court set up in Agrahara jail finally convicted Jayalalithaa on Sept. 27 in the disproportionate assets case and sentenced her to 4 years imprisonment, besides imposing a hefty fine of Rs 100 crore. Her appeal to the Karnataka high court was rejected on October 7 and Jayalalithaa approached the apex court Friday and secured the bail on medical grounds.
As Jayalalithaa will be released before 12 noon today, her supporters from AIADMK party in tamil Nadu have beelined along the road to the central jail in Bangalore and the Karnataka police have erected several barricades around the entry points to the jail, expecting huge rush of people when she walks out of the jail.
AIADMK sources said that she would proceed firectly to the airport and leave for Chennai today, where she is expecting a huge turnout of her supporters. Jayalalithaa resigned to her post as Tamil Nadu chief minister on the same day she was convicted by the special court.