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Blow to Jayalalitha

jayalalithaBENGALURU: In a major setback to AIADMK supremo and former Tamil Nadu CM J. Jayalalithaa, the Karnataka high court Tuesday rejected her petition seeking bail and suspension of sentence.

Jayalalithaa and three associates Sasikala, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran were convicted and sentenced to four years’ imprisonment by a special court in Bengaluru in a disproportionate case on September 27.

The three other convicts too applied for bail before the high court.

Justice A.V. Chandrashekara, rejecting the bail petitions, cited a recent Supreme Court ruling that had taken a tough stand against corruption.

Prior to the verdict, special public prosecutor Bhavani Singh, who initially submitted a statement of objections against the bail pleas, later orally submitted he had no objection to granting bail.

This gave a ray of hope to hundreds of supporters who gathered near the Central Prison and high court, who started celebrating.

But this was shortlived as the court rejected the bail petitions. – From the Asian Age

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