Jayalalithaa may abscond if granted a bail, fears special public prosecutor

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Bangalore, Oct 1: Special Public Prosecutor Bhavani Singh on Wednesday suspected that convicted AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa could go absconding if granted a bail, a Rediff.com report said.

Singh, who objected to the former Tamil Nadu chief minister's bail plea, said she could also hamper the appeal and its hearing if granted the bail.

The 66-year-old leader was convicted along with four others by a special Bangalore court on September 27 in connection to a 18-year-old disproportionate assets scam worth over Rs 66 crore. The convicted were sent to four years of jail and also slapped huge fine. Jayalalithaa herself was slapped with a fine of Rs 100 crore.

She was also disqualified as the MLA and stood down from the CM's post. She can not contest any election for six years starting after her jail term ends.

Jayalalithaa moved the Karnataka High Court on Monday seeking a bail. On Tuesday, after the vacation bench of the high court adjourned the bail plea to October 6, Jayalalithaa's lawyers headed by Ram Jethmalani approached the court registrar seeking an urgent hearing.

On Wednesday, the high court adjourned the bail plea hearing till October 7. The decision led to protests by Jayalalithaa's lawyers who also sought an intervention from the Chief Justice of India for a quick hearing.

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