Jayalalithaa bail extended by Supreme Court till April
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IBNS): Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who was sent to a Bengaluru jail in corruption case and later released, will continue to remain on bail till April, said the Supreme Court said on Thursday.
In October the Supreme Court had granted her interim bail in disproportionate assets case.
The AIADMK supremo was released from Bangalore Central Prison on after staying there for about three weeks since she was convicted on by a Bangalore special court.
Jayalalithaa and three others were convicted in the 18 year-old corruption case by a special court in Bangalore. The case was filed in 1996 by Subramanian Swamy, now a BJP leader. It was argued in the court that she had amassed property worth Rs. 66.65 crores - including 30 kg of gold, 12,000 saris and 2000 acres of land- despite not taking any salary as chief minister.
In reply, Jayalalithaa had said that she acquired her property and other assets through legal means, which was quashed by the special court. The case against her was transferred in 2001 from Tamil Nadu to neighbouring Karnataka on the orders the Supreme Court.
On, the special court convicted Jayalalithaa after finding her guilty of amassing wealth disproportionate to her known sources of income during her first tenure as chief minister from 1991 to 1996. 66-year-old Jayalalithaa was convicted by the special court on . Her friend Sasikala Natarajan and two others were also given jail terms.
Following her conviction, Jayalalithaa was disqualified as a legislator in accordance with a Supreme Court ruling and had to step down as TN’s Chief Minister.
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