Oct 7 declared holiday. Why Tamil Nadu students dragged in Jayalalithaa row: Explained

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Chennai, Oct 6: Young students from Tamil Nadu have been dragged into the controversy involving Jayalalithaa. Tuesday, Oct 7, when Karnataka High Court has been scheduled to hear her bail plea, has been declared a holiday in Tamil Nadu.

Why has Oct 7 been declared a holiday in Tamil Nadu?

  • In order to show protest against Jayalalithaa's conviction in disproportionate assets (DA) case, Oct 7 has been declared a holiday in Tamil Nadu.
  • Karnataka High Court, which earlier had postponed hearing on Jayalalithaa's bail plea, would hear the case on Tuesday.

Which groups are involved in the protest?

  • Colleges affiliated to Anna University and schools have dragged students into the protests.
  • The Federation of Associations of Private Schools in Tamil Nadu too declared Tuesday a holiday.
  • The Association of Management Colleges Affiliated to Anna University followed suit later in the day, which will result in more than 500 engineering colleges in the state also staying closed on Tuesday.
  • More than 12,000 private schools including CBSE, nursery and primary schools in the state will stay shut on Tuesday.

Reasons behind the protest:

  • The protesters will demand Jayalalithaa's release from Bangalore jail.
  • Federation secretary DC Elangovan said, "We will demand that Jayalalithaa be released from the Karnataka prison for the sake of the people of Tamil Nadu."

What is Jayalalithaa's DA case?

  • A special court in Bangalore found Jayalalithaa and her three aides guilty in Rs 66.6 crore DA case.
  • She has been sentenced to jail for four years. Currently, she has been lodged in Bangalore jail.
  • Jayalalithaa also has been asked to pay a fine of Rs 100 crore.

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