SC grants bail to Jaya, suspends her sentence

In a major relief to former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, the Supreme Court on Friday suspended her sentence for two months and granted interim bail on the condition that she will make available all documents and translated copies to the Karnataka High Court for speedy adjudication of her appeal against conviction. The apex court also said that if the complete set of documents was not made available to the high court by 18 December, then the AIADMK chief would go back to jail.

A three-judge bench of Chief Justice HL Dattu and Justices Madan B Lokur and AK Sikri also granted bail to the three other accused Sasikala, Sudhakaran and Ilavarasi on their furnishing two solvent sureties to the satisfaction of the special judge, Bangalore. The bench stayed the operation of the sentence imposed by the trial court on all four accused. The bench, after hearing senior counsels Fali Nariman appearing for Jayalalithaa, and KTS Tulsi for the other accused, said that the four convicts should not delay the trial and must ensure that the papers for the appeals were kept ready within two months.

The top court also said AIADMK party members must immediately desist from personal criticism of the trial judge and stop indulging in violence. The bench stayed the sentence and warned Jayalalithaa against causing any delay by seeking adjournment in her appeal in Karnataka High Court.
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