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'Corruption violation of human rights'
Jayalalithaa to remain in jail as her bail plea rejected
Observer Online Desk
Publish Date : 2014-10-07,  Publish Time : 20:38,  View Count : 12
BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday refused to suspend the sentence imposed on AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa and her three aides in the disproportionate assets case and refused to order their release on bail, reports the online edition of Indian newspaper The Hindu

Justice A V Chandrashekar passed the interim order rejecting the pleas of all the four convicts for suspending the sentence imposed on them till their appeal against conviction is decided by the High Court.

The High Court also refused to release them on bail.

A Special Court had, on September 27, sentenced Jayalalithaa, her close aide Sasikala, V. Sudhakaran and J. Elavarasi to four years' imprisonment while imposing exemplary fine on them.

Senior Supreme Court advocate Ram Jethmalani represented Jayalalithaa's case along with the defence team.

PTI adds:

The order by Justice A V Chandrashekhara came after Special Public Prosecutor Bhavani Singh told the court that he had no objection to granting conditional bail to Jayalalithaa, who is in prison here since her conviction by the Special Court on September 27.

In his order pronounced in a packed court room, the judge said there “are no grounds” to give bail to the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and observed that corruption amounts to “violation of human rights” and leads to economic imbalance.

As the SPP told the court that he was not opposed to bail for Jayalalithaa, AIADMK supporters, who had gathered near the Parappana Agrahara jail, where Jayalalithaa is lodged, and near the court, went delirious anticipating her release. When the verdict came, they went into a state of disbelief.

“My client will take a call,” Ram Jethmalani said after the verdict, when asked whether they will approach the Supreme Court.

Earlier in his submissions on behalf of Ms. Jayalalithaa, Mr. Jethmalani strongly pleaded for immediate bail to the 66-year-old leader citing the Supreme Court verdict granting relief to former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad in the fodder scam.

The court did not accept the submission, with the judge noting that Lalu Prasad had spent 10 months in jail before being granted bail by the apex court.

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