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Karnataka High Court adjourns Jayalalithaa’s plea for bail to October 6

Karnataka high court on Tuesday adjourned the former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha’s bail plea till October 6, Monday.
A special court in Karnataka has convicted and sentenced Jayalalitha for four-year imprisonment on Saturday in the Rs 66-crore disproportionate asset case during 1991-96 when she was chief minister for the first time. Regarding the case, Jayalalitha had filed a criminal revision petition on Monday.
According to reports, sources say that, the case will be argued by criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani, seeking suspension of the four-year jail sentence, bail for release of Jayalalithaa from jail, review of the hefty fine (Rs.100 crore) and stay on the conviction.
The revision plea includes two interim petitions, including one for staying the conviction and another against confiscating properties seized in 1997 from Jayalalithaa’s residence in central Chennai by the Enforcement Directorate and in judicial custody here.
About 800kg silver, 28kg gold ornaments, 750 pairs of shoes, 10,500 saris, 91 watches and other valuable items have been found to be her properties.
According to reports, a senior government counsel said that as the sentence is for four years of simple imprisonment and not life term, the convict has a statutory right to appeal for the suspension of the sentence and seek bail through a CRP.
Apart from Jayalalitha, three of her associates, Sasikala Natarajan, her nephew VN Sudhakaran and her sister in-law J Illavarasi, were also convicted and jailed for four years in the criminal case. They have also filed separately criminal revision petitions through their counsels for suspension of the sentence and sought bail.
Regarding the imprisonment of ‘Amma’, party workers and supporters observe a fast on Tuesday and have staged demonstrations across the state. There had been wide protests acroos the state since the day of conviction. O Panneerselvam has sworn in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to succeed Jayalalitha on Monday.
[category-Politics] [tags-Jayalalitha, Bail plea, DA case, Karnataka HC, Sasikala Natarajan,VN Sudhakaran,J Illavarasi, O Panneerselvem]

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