New Delhi, Oct 8: The AIADMK supremo, J Jayalalithaa, is likely to move the Supreme Court on Wednesday, challenging the Karnataka High Court`s order refusing bail to her in the disproportionate assets case.
Along with former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, Other convicts in the case, her aide Sasikala, VN Sudhakaran, and Elavarasi may also approach the apex court.
Noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani is expected to lead the team of lawyers to challenge the High Court’s order.
Justice AV Chandrashekhara had denied relief to Jayalalithaa saying there wasn’t sufficient ground for awarding bail to her. Quoting various cases of the Supreme Court under Prevention of Corruption Act, the court said, “In view of clear observation of the apex court that corruption is a violation of human rights, this is not a fit case for suspension and bail.”
Jayalalithaa in her petition reportedly sought immediate bail while challenging her sentence. She also maintained that the charges of amassing wealth against her were false and that she had acquired property through legal means.
The court not only refused to grant her bail, but also declined to stay the sentence of four-year imprisonment and Rs 100 crore penalty imposed on her in the case.
The order came after special public prosecutor Bhavani Singh told the court that he had no objection to granting conditional bail to Jayalalithaa.
Jethmalani strongly pleaded for immediate bail to the 66-year-old leader, citing the Supreme Court’s ruling granting relief to former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad in the so-called fodder scam.
The noted lawyer submitted before the judge that his client (Jayalalithaa) would abide by any condition put forth for bail, as she was a former chief minister and would not disappear or escape from the country, however, the court went ahead to deny bail to her.
Presently lodged in a Bangalore prison since September 27, Jayalalithaa was convicted by a special court in the disproportionate assets case.
The court 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.
Sasikala, Sudhakaran and Elavarasi were also sentenced to four years in jail, besides a fine of Rs 10 crore each.
The rejection of the bail plea resulted in AIADMK supporters expressing their anger and emotions over the ruling.
(With Agency Inputs)