It’s Diwali in advance for Amma’s admirers
Jaya, aides granted bail
SC puts stringent conditions
Cannot delay the process of trial
New Delhi, October 17: Jayalalitha’s admirers, followers and fans are celebrating again and this time it’s for real. Supreme Court on Friday, October 16, granted bail to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. She was earlier convicted of possessing assets disproportionate to her known source of income, to the tune of Rs. 66.65 crore, on September 27. Her initial bail appeal was rejected by Karnataka High Court on October 7, after which her lawyers moved the Supreme Court on October 9, seeking bail. She is presently in Bengaluru jail.
An apex court bench said that Jayalalitha along with her aide Sasikala Natarajan and two others will be released on bail subject to the satisfaction of the condition by the trial court. The four of them have to complete their appeal with all relevant documents before the high court in two months time, after which the Supreme Court will ask the high court to expedite and complete the hearing on the appeal within three months.
Besides her health grounds, Jayalalithaa has invoked section 389 of the Code of Criminal Procedure seeking the suspension of her sentence and grant of bail till the pendency of her appeal against the trial court order. She is expected to be released from jail soon.
On an earlier occasion, a rumour on Amma getting bail (on October 7) led to a wide spread celebration, that turned a damp squib later on knowing that the bail plea, in fact, was not entertained, leaving her followers stricken. Today, it is raining in Chennai. Yet, people are out on streets, celebrating and burning crackers. Corruption charges hardly seem to matter to the merry makers. Chennai is reminiscent of Diwali, that indeed seems to have arrived much early for Amma’s admirers.
However, the real admirers have no reason to celebrate since the apex court had made it very clear that the days of politicians accused of corruption buying time through delaying tactics by seeking a number of adjournment on one plea or other, are almost over. The SC made it clear that Jaya’s lawyers have to appeal in two months time and they would not ask for adjournment. It indicates the attitude of the apex court. Former Bihar Chief Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav, who is on bail, better watch out.