Jaya appeals against Special Court verdict, seeks bail

Monday, Sep 29, 2014,13:00 IST By metrovaartha A A A

AIADMK Supremo and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who has been sentenced to four years imprisonment in disproportionate assets case, today moved the Karnataka High Court for bail and against the verdict of the Special Court.
A team of lawyers, including Rajya Sabha member A Navaneethakrishnan came together to prepare the plea. Ms Jayalalithaa has sought senior advocate Ram Jethmalani’s services to represent her. Ms Jayalalithaa has been lodged in Parappana Agrahara jail complex in the outskirts of the city after special court judge John Michael D’Cunha pronounced his verdict on September 28.
For security reasons, the court had held its sitting to pronounce the verdict at ‘Gandhi Bhavan’ in the jail premises. Having been convicted in a corruption case, Ms Jayalalithaa ceases to be a member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly automatically and the Chief Minister post. Unless acquitted in this case by a higher court,
Ms Jayalalithaa will not be able to contest in any election for the next 10 years. This includes the fouryear term awarded by the court and the six year disqualification after Supreme Court scrapped Section 8(4) of the Representation of people Act in 2003.