Jaya Bail Plea Cites Health Condition
Raising a cocktail of grounds, ranging from health and humanitarian considerations to security threat and an unreasonable fine of 100 crore, deposed chief minister J Jayalalitha on Monday filed an appeal in the Karnataka high against her conviction in the disproportionate assets case by a special court on Saturday.
The immediate relief sought by her and her three associates is bail, pending disposal of the appeals as expected. The four separate criminal appeals filed by them are likely to come up for hearing a vacation bench on Tuesday. They also prayed for a stay on the conviction and sentence in the 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case.
Jayalalitha and three others- N Sasikala, J Elavarasi, and VN Sudhakaran were sentenced to four years of imprisonment each, the AIADMK chief supremo was fined 100 crore and others 10 crore each.
This is the first time a sitting Chief Minister was convicted by a court in the country.
Asked whether Jayalalitha had sought a stay on the operation of the trial court’s condition that she must pay a fine of Rs 100 crore, senior counsel and Rajya Sabha member A Navneethakrishnan told that suspensions of sentence would include suspension of the condition pertaining to the fine. Sentence include fine as well.
There was absolutely no evidence to convict her since she did not possess any property in her name beyond her known and declared sources of income said by Jayalalitha. She also said merely because they were residing together under one roof-at Vedha Nilayam in Poes Garden , Chennai- it could not be held that there existed a nexus among the four of them.