news Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute| October 17, 2014| 12.45 pm IST The Supreme Court has granted bail to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa whose bail plea came up for hearing on Friday morning. The court has also stayed the operation of sentence given to her and the others convicted along with her.  Even though this will come as a huge relief for the party and Jayalalithaa, conviction has not been stayed. She cannot continue as Chief Minister and cannot contest the next 2016 Assembly elections unless she is exonerated in her appeal, or if another court stays her conviction.  The court has the AIADMK leader until December 18 to appeal against the conviction. Even other convicts in the case Sasikala, V N Sudhakaran and Ilavarasi have been given bail as long as furnish solvent sureties with the Karnataka High Court.  After the Supreme Court decision on Friday , Karnataka DIG (Prisons) Jayasimha told The News Minute that he was waiting for confirmation on the news before informing Jayalalalithaa.  Jayalalithaa was represented by senior counsel Fali Nariman, and the other three named in the case were represented by senior counsel K.T.S. Tulsi. During the hearing, Nariman had said that that considering Jayalalithaa's medical condition, she should be given bail.  Violence and unrest Keeping in mind the reaction of party workers and supporters of the AIADMK leader after the Karnataka High Court refused to release her on bail and rejected her plea, the Supreme Court announced that a repeat of such violent actions should not occur again. The CJI also said that such an order must be clearly mentioned to the AIADMK party workers.  In the wake of the bail, over 1000 police personnel in Bangalore are to be deployed around the jail where Jayalalithaa is currently. The Bangalore rural police and Karnataka state reserve police will also man the 20 km stretch between the jail and the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border. 
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