Initial reports claimed that Jayalalithaa has been granted conditional bail. However, later it was confirmed that Ram Jethmalani failed to get Jayalalithaa bail.
The Public Prosecutor Bhavani Singh reportedly had claimed that he would not object if Jayalalithaa was granted conditional bail. Despite Bhavani Singh's statement, the judge refused to accept her bail plea.
Senior advocate Jethmalani, who has been representing Jayalallithaa for her bail plea, must be surprised by the court decision. He did not even spare the judge while arguing for the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.
Slamming the judge, Jethmalani had asked, "...why Judge Cunha did not get into witness box as at many stages when there was no proof, he behaved like prosecution witness."
Jethmalani initially argued she would not abscond, and that she was a law abiding citizen of the country. He had also raised questions on some of conclusions drawn by judge John Michael Cunha in convicting her in the disproportionate assets case.
The senior advocate refuted the prosecution's objections that she might abscond if she was granted bail. Jethmalani also told the court that she was 66 years old, a diabetic and was suffering from blood pressure and heart-related ailments.
Recalling Lalu Prasad case, Jethmalani said that former Bihar chief minister too was released on bail by the Supreme Court after he was convicted in fodder scam. Jayalalithaa had not indulged in any acts that warranted cancellation of her bail during pendency of trial, he argued.
The senior advocate also claimed that Jayalalithaa was entitled for bail during pendency of appeal against conviction as per verdicts of Supreme Court on the subject of grant of bail after conviction.