Supreme Court to hear Jayalalithaa's bail plea today; AIADMK won't celebrate Foundation Day

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Chennai, Oct 17: The Supreme Court is set to hear bail plea of former Tami Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa today. This will be the AIADMK chief's last chance to get bail before Diwali.

Jaya has been behind the bars since September 27 after she was convicted and sentenced to four years imprisonment in a high-profile disproportionate assets case. The court had also slapped a fine of Rs 100 crore on her and Rs 10 crore fine on each of the three other convicts.

Jaya's close aide Panneerselvam is now the chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

Jaya moved the Supreme Court seeking bail after the Karnataka High Court rejected her bail plea on October 7 despite the Special Public Prosecutor not objecting to grant of conditional bail to her. She has challenged the high court order which denied her bail. The 67-year-old politician is suffering from various ailments.

The court had also rejected the bail pleas filed by other convicts in the case - Jaya's close aide Sasikala and her relatives VN Sudhakaran, who is disowned foster-son of Jaya, and Ilavarasi.

Meanwhile, it is AIADMK's 43rd Foundation Day on Friday. It is known that the workers will not celebrate the event unlike the past years as Jaya is in jail.

Every year, on the foundation day of the party on October 17, Jayalalithaa visits the party headquarters to lead the celebrations.Distribution of financial aid to indigent party workers and their families, garlanding the statue of party founder and former Chief Minister M G Ramachandran (MGR), hoisting of the party flag, distribution of sweets and release of anniversary souvenir has been the norm all these years.

However, since the party chief is now in jail, the mood is gloomy and the celebrations are likely to be muted, party functionaries said.

"Party presidium chairman E Madusudanan will garland the statue of MGR, hoist the party flag and release the foundation day souvenir," an AIADMK headquarters release said.

The party has asked its functionaries to hoist the party flag in all other regions in Tamil Nadu besides territories including Puducherry where the party is functioning. The AIADMK was founded in 1972.

Oneindia News

(With PTI inputs)

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