Jayalalithaa gets support from different quarters; raises questions of contempt of court
news Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | October 1, 2014 | 01:21 pm IST An eighteen year-long case that has resulted in the conviction of a Chief Minister of a state is sure to have political ramifications. However, since Saturday, the day of the conviction, support for the convicted leader has been pouring in from a number of organizations. On Wednesday, a human chain protest was organized in Chennai by the AIADMK to show their solidarity with their jailed leader, J Jayalalithaa who has been convicted in the Rs. 66 crore disproportionate assets case. Even Mayor Saidai Duraisamy participated in the protests. On Wednesday, Tamil Naduâ€™s film fraternity came out together to observe a protest in solidarity with their leader. â€śWe are hoping she would soon be acquitted from the case and come back as Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister,â€ť said Director Vikraman, President of Tamil Nadu Film Directors Association. The protest was attended by a number of Tamil stars and other film councils such as the Tamil Nadu Producers' Council (TPFC) and South Indian Artists' Association (SIAA) participated. Film and TV show shootings were cancelled while theatres remained shut until evening which has caused the industry losses for the one-day shutdown. The Vellore Corporation council also passed a resolution condemning Judge John Michael Dâ€™Cunhaâ€™s judgement in the Jayalalithaa case.Â While the AIADMK-led council said that the judgement was contrary to the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, DMK members of the council said that such a move was equivalent to contempt of court, said The Hindu.Â Questions have been raised as to whether contempt of court could be applied here as the High Court's power extends to those courts which are subordinate to it and raises doubts about a judgement made by a higher court thus lowering its authority.Â On Tuesday, members of the Madras High Court Advocates Association (MHAA) too came out in support of the former Chief Minister. The belief was that extending their support for their leader would be the best way to repay Jayalalithaa for her support in increasing the Advocates Welfare Fund from Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 5. 25 lakh, reported The New Indian Express.Â In other places, AIADMK supporters attempted other methods hoping for the AIADMK leader's release.Â AIADMK supporters seek divine intervention for J Jayalalithaa's release. #Jayaverdict #Jayaguilty pic.twitter.com/2AEaa9VUfj â€” Shreesha Reddy (@shreeshareddy) September 30, 2014
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