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HC to hear Jayalalithaa's bail plea tomorrow


Bangalore: Following her request to the chief justice of Karnataka, a special vacation bench of Karnataka high court on Tuesday agreed to hear AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa's bail petition on Wednesday. The high court had earlier today deferred the former Tamil Nadu chief minister's bail plea to October 6.

Jayalalithaa and her three associates, who are in jail in the 18-year-old disproportionate assets case, had moved the Karnataka high court yesterday, seeking bail and challenging the verdict of the special court.

Eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani has drafted the bail application citing Jayalalithaa's medical condition and that the fine imposed was not conforming to the PCA 1988 Act. Citing her medical condition, Jayalalithaa's interlocutory petition for bail said that she has suffered a lot during the past 18 years and is now suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure.

It also claimed that there is no connection to her vis-a-vis subscriptions made to Jaya publications, one of the 32 companies that figures in the controversy. Expressing solidarity with Jayalalithaa, a former actor, members of the Tamil cinema industry embarked on a daylong "silent fast".

Various industry associations, including Tamil Nadu Producers' Council (TPFC) and South Indian Artists' Association (SIAA) besides others and small screen personalities participated in the fast.

Noted actor R Sarath Kumar, MLA, directors Vikraman and Liaqath Ali Khan, producers S Thanu and T Siva among others joined the protest, which is scheduled to end at around 6pm. Shooting of films and TV serials in and around Chennai were suspended even as cinemas cancelled shows till 6pm in a show of solidarity with the jailed AIADMK supremo.

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