Former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa will remain in jail till October 6. This came in after Karnataka high court on Tuesday adjourned the AIADMK supremo’s bail plea till Monday.
Jayalalithaa and her three associates had moved the Karnataka high court yesterday, seeking bail and challenging the verdict of the special court, which convicted them in an 18-year-old disproportionate assets case.
Jayalalithaa, who was recently sentenced to four-year imprisonment by a special court on charges of corruption, had yesterday filed a criminal revision petition. “The criminal revision petition (CRP) was taken up by the vacation bench of Justice Rathnakala,” an AIADMK source said.
As per the AIADMK sources, noted criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani has been roped in to argue the case 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.
A special court had on Saturday convicted Jayalalithaa in the Rs 66-crore disproportionate assets’ case and sentenced her to four years simple imprisonment, with a fine of Rs.100 crore under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
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.