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HC to hear Jayalalithaa’s bail plea today

In a dramatic development, the Karnataka High Court has advanced the hearing on bail plea and suspension of conviction in the disproportionate assets case of former chief minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa to Wednesday from October 6. The vacation bench of the High Court headed by justice Rathnakala will hear the case.

“I have received the official communication from the government of Tamil Nadu regarding my appointment as special public prosecutor in the case. I will file my objections,” Bhavani Singh, senior advocate told Business Standard.

Earlier, this morning, the vacation bench of the Karnataka High Court headed by justice Rathnakala admitted the revision petition and adjourned hearing on bail plea to October 6, 2014. The Court adjourned the case due to confusion in the appointment of a public prosecutor.

Appearing for Jayalalithaa, eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani argued that bail could be granted to Jayalalithaa as her sentence was less than ten years. Considering her medical condition, he pleaded for her bail.

Special public prosecutor Bhavani Singh, who had appeared at the Special Court last week, said he had not received any formal communication on his appointment as public prosecutor from the Karnataka government. Following his submission, the judge said the bail cannot be granted without hearing the counter arguments and in the absence of a public prosecutor and adjourned the case.

Jayalalithaa and her three associates – Ilavarasi, Sasikala Natarajan and V N Sudhakaran — had moved the Karnataka high court on Monday seeking bail and suspension of the special court verdict, which convicted them in the Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case. They were sentenced to four years’ jail term. While Jayalalithaa was fined Rs 100 crore, three others were fined Rs 10 crore each.

All four of them are lodged in the central jail in Parappana Agrahara since Saturday.

….ENDS

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