AIADMK Supremo J Jayalaithaa today walked out of the Bangalore Jail after 21 days of imprisonment. The 66-year old politician was granted interim bail by the Supreme Court on Friday in the Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate asset case. On her arrival in Chennai, the AIADMK cadres gave a grand welcome to their leader.
At 3.19 pm, the convoy came out from the Parappana Agraharam Jail at Bangalore. Smiling and with folded hands, Jayalalithaa left the prison complex, accompanied by Sasikala and Elavarasi, who were also sent to jail in the case, in the Car. Jayalalithaa showed the victory sign, which is also a sign of AIADMK party symbol, and waved hands to the party followers who were shouting slogans welcoming the leader.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and senior cabinet members received Jayalaithaa at Bangalore. Panneerselvam, a trusted aide of Jayalaithaa, took oath as the Chief Minister on September 29, after Jayalaithaa was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment by the Bangalore Special Court.
From the Parapanna Agrahara prison, Jayalailthaa drove down around 13 kilometers to HAL’s old airport in Bangalore, where she reached by around 4 pm. From the airport, she took a private flight to Chennai. At around 5 pm she came out from the Chennai Airport.
While the day started without any major celebration, after 11 am, hoardings of Jayalalithaa were erected throughout the way from Airport to her home, which is at Poes Garden, in Chennai city. AIADMK cadres created a human chain along the 24 kms strech from Chennai airport to Jayalailthaa’s Poes Garden at Chennai.
Jayalalithaa, who was convicted in a disporportionate asset case, and three others were granted interim bail by the Supreme Court. The Apex Court also stayed the sentence against her for two months.
The 20 day interim bail, till the next hearing on December 18, was granted to Jayalalithaa on health grounds. Along with Jayalalithaa, the other three convicted – Sasikala Natarajan, Sudhakaran and Elavarasi – were also granted bail.
“After hearing Fali S Nariman, K T S Tulsi, senior counsel for the petitioners and Subramonium Swami, party-in-person and also the complainant, for the present, we suspend the sentence and direct that the petitioners –Jayalalithaa, N Sasikala, V N Sudhakaran and J Elasvarasi — be released on bail on executing a bond with two solvent sureties by each of them to the satisfaction of the 36th Additional City Civil & Sessions Judge (Special Court for Trial of Criminal Cases against Jayalalithaa and others) at Bangalore. Call these matters on December 18,” said in the Order.