Jayalalithaa to walk out anytime now, release order reaches Bangalore jail

  • HT correspondents, Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Chennai
  • Updated: Oct 18, 2014 15:09 IST

With AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa expected to walk out of jail in a short while from now, top party leaders including Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam, are in Bangalore to greet her.

The release order by special judge John Michael D'Cunha came after a bond for Rs 2 crore was furnished and surety of assets offered. Copy of the Supreme Court order was also produced before the court by Jayalalithaa's lawyers.

Jayalalithaa's close aide Sasikala and her relatives Sudhakaran and Elavarasi also fufilled similar conditions.

Jayalalithaa and the three others are likely to be released around 3pm after the special court's release order is furnished to officials of Parappana Agrahara Central Prison where they are lodged.

She will walk out of the Bangalore jail a day after the Supreme Court granted her bail in the disproportionate assets case and suspended her sentence for two months.

Read: Authorities prepare for Jaya’s release today

The former chief minister was handed a four-year prison term and a Rs. 100-crore penalty in September after she was convicted by a Bangalore special court for illegally amassing wealth beyond her known sources of income.

The top court also ordered the senior politician, popularly known as Amma, to present all the documents related to the corruption case before the Karnataka High Court by December 18 or her bail would be cancelled.

Watch: Security tightened outside jail ahead of Jayalalitha's release

In her state Tamil Nadu, it is Diwali come early, with AIADMK supporters bursting crackers and dancing on the streets ever since the SC order on her bail came.

The celebrations are expected to peak when Jayalalithaa reaches Chennai later in the day, though she still can't stake claim to the chief minister’s post as the apex court had only suspended her sentence and not her conviction.

Read: ADMK cadre heed SC warning, celebrate with restraint in TN

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