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