Dhanya Rajendran| The News Minute| October 7, 2014| 5.30 pm IST
When Jayalalithaa and other three convicts in the disproportionate assets case approached the Karnataka High court asking for suspension of sentence and bail, the public prosecutor for the case Bhavani Singh on September 29 had filed objections to granting bail on various grounds.
Bhavani Singh in his objection had said that Jayalalithaa was an influential person, can obstruct appeal, and she could abscond at a later stage in the case.
Today in court, the three defence lawyers Ram Jethmalani for Jayalalithaa, Amit Desai for Sasikala and Sudhakaran and Hasmat Pasha for Ilaivarasi waxed eloquent quoting chapter and verse from case laws for four hours. Each one had a point to make and strongly argued that Judge Cunha who convicted all four was biased and the judgement was 'perverse'.
Hours later, as the defense concluded arguments, it was prosecutor Bhavani Singh's turn to raise objection. As everyone waited eagerly to hear the objections, he merely said, "The prosecution has no objection to the granting of conditional bail."
Later, the judge spoke for around 35 minutes going into detail about what each of the defense lawyer had argued in court. When it came to detailing what the prosecution had said, Judge Chandrasekhar said,"PP Bhavani Singh had first told vacation bench he had strong objections against the bail. He then filed strong objections. But today he says no objection."
The entire courtroom burst into laughter as the judge said this.
Though AIADMK lawyers expressed surprise that bail was refuses despite the prosecution's stand, finally the judge prevailed.