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Will Jayalalithaa Leave Jail? Court Hears Bail Plea

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Tamil Nadu will face centre's conspiracy: Jayalalithaa
Tamil Nadu will face centre's conspiracy: Jayalalithaa
  1. Jayalalithaa, 66, was arrested for corruption late last month after being convicted by a Bangalore court.
  2. Her trial was moved in 2001 to neighbouring Karnataka from Tamil Nadu to ensure it would be free of political influence.
  3. Jayalalithaa is being represented by famous lawyer Ram Jethmalani. He requested the Karnataka High Court to hear her bail request as a priority today, but was told he would have to wait his turn.
  4. The prosecution, arguing against her bail, has said that if she is freed, she could influence the proceedings against her.
  5. Jayalalithaa says she has wrongly been convicted of misusing her first term as chief minister from 1991 to 1996 to collect assets worth nearly Rs. 50 crore, which were incommensurate with her declared income.
  6. She has appealed against her conviction and asked for bail.
  7. Her conviction meant that as per last year’s landmark Supreme Court order, she was immediately disqualified from office.
  8. She was sentenced to four years in prison and penalized Rs.100 crore; three of her aides, including live-in friend Sasikala Natarajan were also found guilty.
  9. She has been replaced as Chief Minister by loyalist O Panneerselvam. Since her arrest, many top leaders from her party, the AIADMK, have lined up to meet her in jail; she has refused to see most.
  10. Her arrest triggered large protests in her state by workers of her party, the AIADMK.
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