Tamil Nadu schools defy high court order, remain closed for Jayalalithaa on Oct 7

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Chennai, Oct 7: Despite Madras High Court's order, many government and private schools in Tamil Nadu remained close on Tuesday, Oct 7. The institutions shut their gates to show their support for Jayalalithaa.

Earlier Madras High Court overruled a directive by educational institutions declaring holiday on Oct 7 and asserted that that all schools and colleges should function as usual.

According to media reports, the special bench also claimed that the state government would be held responsible if any "untoward incident" occurred.

The high court's order surfaced following several PILs which were filed by many people. The PILs opposed the closure of schools and colleges on Oct 7 in solidarity with the AIADMK leader.

The AIADMK chief -- Jayalalithaa has been sent to Bangalore jail as she has been convicted in 18-year-old disproportionate assets case. She has been sentenced 4-year imprisonment. She also has been asked to pay a fine of Rs 100 crore.

Karnataka High Court heard Jayalalithaa's bail plea in Bangalore on Oct 7. Jayalalithaa's advocate Ram Jethmalani argued that she should be granted bail citing her deteriorating health condition.

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