AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa, 3 others get bail from Supreme Court in DA case

New Delhi, Oct 17: The Supreme Court on Friday granted bail to AIADMK supremo and former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in the 18-year-old case for possessing assets disproportionate to her known sources of income.

According to reports, the court also granted bail to other three convicts Sasikala Natrajan, VK Sudhakaran and J Ilavarasi.

Jayalalithaa’s counsel Fali Nariman represented her in the top court.

Jayalalithaa, undergoing four-year imprisonment in the DA case, in her plea said that she has been sentenced only for four years in the case and she is also suffering from various ailments as grounds for her immediate relief.

The former chief minister also submitted that she did not misuse her powers in this case.

Jayalalithaa had moved the apex court on Oct 9 after the Karnataka High Court Oct 7 turned down her bail plea, as well as of other three convicts. But the court held that there were no grounds for granting them bail.

It may be noted that a trial court in Bangalore on Sept 27 convicted Jayalalithaa in the 18-year-old DA case.

Jayalalithaa in her petitions maintained that the charge of amassing wealth against her during 1991-96, when she was chief minister for the first time, was false and that she had acquired property through legal means.

Special Court Judge John Michael D’ Cunha had held her and three others guilty of corruption that unseated Jayalalithaa as the CM. The speecial judge had also slapped a fine of Rs 100 crore on Jayalalithaa and Rs 10 crore each on the three other accused.

(With Agency Inputs)

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