Jayalalitha gets interim bail from Supreme Court
The Supreme Court on Friday granted interim bail to Tamil Nadu’s former Chief Minster J Jayalalitha. Earlier, Jayalalithaa was denied bail by the Karnataka High Court. She is in jail following her conviction in a disproportionate assets case. The sentence entails a four-year sentence and a Rs100 crore fine.
Jayalalitha has been seeking bail on the grounds that she is a senior citizen, aged 66, and a woman with failing health. In its order today, the Supreme Court also suspended Jayalalitha's sentence.
The Hindustan Times newspaper reported that the Supreme Court has laid down the law such that, a convicted person can contest election if the conviction and sentence are stayed by the SC. However, her conviction has not been stayed and merely suspended.
This interim order comes with the condition that Jayalalitha must submit her paperbook (to the HC where the appeal against conviction will next be heard) required for the bail application, within two months from today.
Reports suggest that Jayalalitha, through her counsel Fali Nariman, gave various assurances to the Supreme Court, like not asking for adjournments from the HC, being confined to her house while pressing for bail and making sure her party workers do not resort to any violence in Tamil Nadu. The bail is applicable till 18 December 2014.