DA case Live: Jayalalithaa walks out of prison, gets rousing welcome in Chennai

6.10 pm: Jayalalithaa gets rousing welcome in Chennai

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa arrived in Chennai by a special aircraft on being released from the Bangalore jail after the Supreme Court granted her bail.

AIADMK cadres were jubilant and celebrated the release of Jayalalithaa who spent 21 days in prison.

"Jayalalithaa left the jail after completing the formalities. She is fine and in good health," Karnataka Inspector General of Prisons (IGP) KV Gagandeep told IANS minutes after she walked free at 3.15 pm and waved to the crowd at Parapanna Agrahara on Bangalore's outskirt.

Hundreds of Jayalalithaa's ardent fans and frenzied supporters from the city and Hosur across the border lined up on both sides of the Bangalore thoroughfares and cheered her as her convoy sped away towards the airport.

Many AIADMK cadres danced, clapped and waived party flags, while others burst firecrackers at junctions en-route raising slogans in favour of their aamma' (mother) and denouncing at the same time DMK president M Karunanidhi.

Ecstatic supporters welcomed Jayalalithaa in Chennai.

AIADMK cadres assembled in large numbers shouted 'Long Live Amma'.

Jayalalithaa drove straight to her residence in Poes Garden area. Party cadres - men and women - braving heavy rains were assembled outside her residence and the airport to have a glimpse of their leader.

They also lined up on both the sides of the road outside the airport to wish Jayalalithaa.

3.25 pm: Former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa leaves Bangalore Central jail

A day after the Supreme Court granted her bail, J Jayalalithaa walked out of Bangalore Central Jail. A convoy of cars which was waiting for her inside the jail, is supposed to take her to the airport from where she is slated to fly back to Chennai in a special private flight.

The Bangalore Police made sure there were no untoward incidents in the vicinity by tightening security round the jail. AIADMK leaders also appealed for calm in the city and Chennai, her hometown.

Television visuals showed a cavalcade of at least ten cars leaving the Bangalore Central Jail, along with police vehicles.

TV reports showed fans going berserk in Chennai. A Jaya supporter told NDTV, "I am so excited. We are going to see our Amma after so long. The happiness that I am feeling now is like how new parents feel when they welcome a baby."

2.02 pm: Jayalalithaa to leave jail at 3.30 pm

The former Tamil Nadu CM, who had declared the time between 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm inauspicious for a new start, will leave jail after 3.30 pm. According to reports, a special convoy of cars are in ready to take her and other top party leaders to the airport.

11.55 am: Top AIADMK leaders land in Bangalore to greet Jayalalithaa

After the Supreme Court granted bail to former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa yesterday, Chennai erupted in euphoric celebrations. The celebrations seems to have peaked on the eve of Jaya's release, though the time at which she will walk out of the Bangalore Central jail has not been ascertained yet.

The Hindustan Times reports that top leaders of the party, including present CM O Panneerselvam has turned up in Bangalore to receive Jayalalithaa.

11.04 am: Security tightened in Bangalore anticipating Jaya's release

Security has been boosted across Bangalore on the eve of former Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa's release from Bangalore Central jail on bail. Times Now reported that Section 144 continues to remain imposed in the city prior to her release.

Though her supporters have started gathering near the Bangalore Central Jail, reports say that the police have made sure that they cannot come within three kilometres of the jail.

The time for Jayalalithaa's release has not been fixed yet. Reports say that Jaya might not leave the jail between 1 to 1.30 pm because she considers the time inauspicious. If the formalities aren't completed by 12.30 pm, she will only leave the jail after 3 pm.

On the other hand, Chennai is already preparing to welcome Jaya. Times Now reports that supporters have started collecting outside the Chennai airport. They have even decided to form a human chain to hail Jaya - the chain will extend 23-24 kilometres from the airport.

10.53 am: Jayalalithaa to walk out of jail today

AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, granted bail by the Supreme Court in the disproportionate assets case, is expected to step out of the prison today after completion of formalities.

"Jayalalithaa will be released... but tomorrow because we have yet to complete formalities for her release from the prison," Jayalalithaa's senior counsel B Kumar told PTI here.

Kumar said they would approach the Special Court on Saturday, which had sentenced the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister to four years in jail, to furnish surety for her release after receiving copy of the Supreme Court order.

End of updates of 1 October

11.00 am: Jayalalithaa's lawyers sit on dharna outside Karnataka High Court

The former Chief Minister's lawyers are now sitting on dharna outside the Karnataka High court in protest at the decision to not free her immediately.

This means that Jayalalithaa will have to continue life as prisoner 7402 in VVIP cell number 23 in the Parappana Agrahara jail for another four days at least.

She has been alternating her time between her cell and the prison hospital, to which she was admitted after complaining of dizziness, blurred eyesight and elevated sugar levels.

The High Court is on Dasara holidays from 29 September to 6 October and the petition will be taken up on the 7 October by a normal bench.

10.40 am: Jayalalithaa bail hearing postponed again

The bail hearing of Jayalalithaa has been postponed once more, till after court vacations on 06 October.

News reports say that the plea will now be heard on 07 October. Reports from the court say that the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister seemed upset at the postponement and had not met any of her former cabinet members, including new CM Panneerselvam who had flown to Bangalore to see her.

-- 01 October 2014 --

11.51 pm: Jatya to move HC seeking bail today

Lawyers representing jailed AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa will move the Karnataka High Court today for bail, while they were also finalising a strategy for seeking a stay on her conviction and sentence in the disproportionate assets case.

On Jayalalithaa’s bail, B Kumar, Senior Counsel for the 66-year-old leader said, said “we will be filing a bail application in the Karnataka High Court tomorrow”.

But it may be taken up only on Tuesday when there is a scheduled hearing by a vacation bench because the high court will observe holidays from September 29 to August 6 for Dusshera. -PTI

--Updates for September 29 begun here--

8.25 pm: TN governor invites Panneerselvam to form govt

After he was named the new chief minister of Tamil Nadu by AIADML legislator, O Panneerselvam has now been invited to form his government.

PTI reports that Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah invited him on Sunday to form his government.

8.14 pm: AIADMK MLAs struggling to come to terms with Jaya being in jail

Ministers, MLAs and workers of ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu appear to be struggling to come to
terms with the jailing of their party chief J Jayalalithaa.

Banners and massive wall posters stating that "Dharma will eventually triumph" could be seen everywhere as a meet was held here today to elect O Panneerselvam as legislature party leader.

That the conviction and sentencing of their leader in a graft case has left the party stunned was apparent from the faces of ministers and MLAs who arrived for the meeting.

They appeared weary and were unwilling to talk or even utter a single word while the eyes of some were moist. Scores of women office bearers including Handlooms Minister S Gokula Indira wailed.

Chaotic scenes were witnessed and a near stampede situation prevailed in the party headquarters. Party workers jostled to get inside the venue and wanted to know who the "standby" Chief Minister will be till the "resumption of office by party chief Jayalalithaa".

Not just the party headquarters, but the entire Avvai Shanmugam Road where the office was located saw party workers converging for the second day and police had to erect barricades to regulate the crowd.

Conches were blown and protest march taken out against DMK president Karunanidhi which was stopped by police.

Some DMDK MLAs who had leaned towards the ruling AIADMK like R Sundarrajan attended the meeting as invitees to express solidarity, party sources said.

8.02 pm: Panneerselvam may take oath as Tamil Nadu CM on Monday

Right after Jayalalithaa loyalist Panneerselvam was named the chief minister of Tamil Nadu after her arrests, reports suggest that he met the governor of the state.

Meanwhile according to Zee News report he may take his oath as chief minister on Monday.

7.15 pm: Jaya begins day 2 in prison with morning walk

Spending her second day in prison, AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, convicted and sent to prison
for four years by a Special court here in a disproportionate assets case, began her day early today with a morning walk.

Jayalalithaa, who is now prisoner number 7402 at the Parappana Agrahara central prison here, began her day around 5:30 am, and took a stroll within the premises of the jail, prison sources said.

The 66-year old three-time chief minister read three Tamil and two English newspapers followed by breakfast brought from outside the jail, they said.

Jayalalithaa has been allotted VVIP cell number 23 of the prison which is next to the women's barrack.

Sources said Ministers and leaders of the party including former Chief Minister and the present Finance Minister O Panneerselvam were not allowed to meet Jayalalithaa as today being Sunday no visitors are allowed inside the prison.

Jayalalithaa was served dinner last night by the jail authorities, but she is said to have refused it and took fruits instead, according to the sources.

Other convicts Sasikala Natarajan, Illavarasi and Sudhakaran have been given prisoner numbers 7403, 7404 and 7405 respectively.

4.46 pm: Paneerselvam to be new Tamil Nadu CM

Members of the AIADMK have chosen O Panneerselvam as the new chief minister of Tamil Nadu. He was one of the top contenders for the post.

He was the finance minister in Jayalalithaa's cabinet. He was also made the chief minister earlier in September 2001 when the election of Jayalalithaa as the CM was quashed.

4.19 pm: AIADMK meet to decide new CM

The AIADMK will meet today (Sunday) to name the new chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

Zee News reports, "some of the names of Jayalalithaa's cabinet ministers including O Panneerselvam, Natham Viswanathan and V Senthil Balaji besides former Chief Secretary and Advisor to Tamil Nadu government, Sheela Balakrishnan are doing the rounds for the top post."

3:55 pm: Verdict not final, say AIADMK allies

Rallying behind beleaguered AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa, two of her allies today said the Bangalore special court verdict convicting her in the disproportionate assets case was not final and expressed hope that she would emerge victorious.

"The verdict is not final and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa will break the barriers through appropriate legal procedures," All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (AISMK) chief R Sarathkumar and Tamilaga Vazhvurimai Katchi President T Velmurugan said.

"The AIADMK will continue the welfare government under the able guidance of Jayalalithaa," they said in identical statements here.

Several smaller outfits such as "Kristhava Kazhagam" expressed similar views and solidarity.
Meanwhile, scores of AIADMK workers held a "hunger strike" at several locations in the state protesting the verdict.

Women office-bearers of the party and their supporters in Srirangam, the Assembly constituency of Jayalalithaa, said the case was politically motivated and fabricated.

In costal Nagapattinam district, hundreds of fishermen in ten hamlets and their women family members undertook a fast at Tarangambadi expressing shock over the court verdict.
Fishermen of 54 other hamlets in the district hoisted black flags on their boats, police said.

3:45pm: DMDK leader calls on Guv over law & order situation in TN

DMDK, the main opposition party in Tamil Nadu Assembly, today expressed concern over 'deterioration' of law and order in the state following Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's conviction in an illegal assets case and urged Governor K Rosiah to 'restore the rule of law.' DMDK founder and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Vijayakant met the Governor and presented a memorandum to him in this regard.

In the memorandum, Vijayakant, an ally of NDA, expressed concern over the law and order situation and referred to "visible reports" of AIADMK supporters "indulging in violence," targeting opposition leaders and their residences besides damaging public property.

Stating that there was a 'lurking fear' in the minds of people, he said, "We request your Excellency to instill confidence in the hearts of the people and restore the rule of law. We are sure that you will intervene and ensure the peaceful atmosphere in Tamil Nadu immediately," he said.

Later he told reporters that he sought protection for leaders of opposition parties. On Saturday, AIADMK workers indulged in stone-pelting and torched buses at several places in the state following the conviction of Jayalalithaa in the Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case by a Bangalore special court.

2.27 pm: Jayalalithaa to move Karnataka high court seeking bail

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who was convicted by a special court to four years in jail in disproportionate assets case, will move the Karnataka high court on Monday demanding bail. She is also planning to seek a stay on her conviction, Jayalalithaa's lawyer B Kumar told PTI.

On Saturday, the Chief Minister  was sentenced to four years in jail by a special court, which has also fined her Rs 100 crore, after she was found guilty in a disproportionate assets case. The chief minister had to spend a night at the Bangalore Central jail on  Saturday night. 

Speculations are rife in the state as to who will take over as the next chief minister. Reports till Sunday afternoon suggested that state finance minister Paneerselvam is most likely to take the role. AIADMK MLAs will meet later today to decide on their next chief minister.

28 September, 1.00 pm: FIR against Karunanidhi, Stalin

DMK supremo M Karunanidhi and his son MK Stalin were booked by the Chennai police on charges of attacking AIADMK cadres on Saturday, a report in The Times of India said. The charges were levelled right after chief minister Jayalalithaa was convicted in the disproportionate assets case by the Bangalore court on Saturday.

According to the TOI report, members of DMK attacked a group of AIADMK members and supporters. The AIADMK cadre were burning effigies of the DMK chief and his son near their Chennai residence. DMK workers allegedly attacked the AIADMK cadres with clubs, the report added.

5.47 pm: Bangalore administration imposes Sec 144 around court

The Bangalore government has imposed Section 144, that prevents an unlawful assembly, within a distance of 5 km from the Bangalore court and the Bangalore central jail.

The court is around 20 km from the state's border with Tamil Nadu. Jayalalithaa is already on her way to Bangalore Central Jail where she will have to spend the next few days till she files her application for bail.

Reports suggest that Jaya's lawyers are seeking an immediate hearing of the bail plea under an 'emergency case' as the court is currently on Dussehra vacations.

5.05 pm: Jayalalithaa sentenced to four years in jail, fined Rs 100 crore

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has been sentenced to four years in jail by a special court, which has also fined her Rs 100 crore, news channels have reported quoting a DMK lawyer. The other three accused have been fined Rs 10 crore. Their sentencing was not immediately known.

Jayalalithaa immediately ceases to be a Member of the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly and consequently chief minister of the state.

The Governor has reportedly already called for a meeting with the Chief Secretary to monitor the law and order situation in the state as well as prepare for further administration decisions.

3.10 pm: Violent clashes grip Chennai, Bangalore

Moments after the verdict against Jayalalithaa was announced, supporters of AIADMK swooped down on DMK leader Karunanidhi's house in Chennai. DMK supporters were already in celebration mode in the venue.

Angry AIDMK supporters then clashes with DMK workers. Television visuals showed people with bleeding foreheads being escorted away by their peers.

Observers noticed that it was rather strange that there was no police posted at Karunanidhi's residence in anticipation of the violence that could follow a negative verdict. A senior journalist from Chennai told Times Now that it was shocking that there as no police already present to prevent violence as Jayalalithaa is known to be a tough administrator and never allows a law and order situation to slip out of her administration's hands. It was also noted that the police is doing little to restrain AIADMK workers from marching towards Karunanidhi's house by the police.

Latest reports suggest, that DMK workers have now created a human barricade in front of the DMK chief's house to prevent AIADMK from proceeding towards Karunanidhi's house.

2.40 pm: Justice was delayed, not denied, says DMK

As expected, DMK leaders hailed the Bangalore special court's verdict. TKS Elangovan told Times Now, "Justice was delayed but not denied. We were accused to levelling false charges against her, now we have been proven right."

BJP leader Subhramanian Swamy declared that the verdict was a 'massive blow' to the Jaya government, but he added that the DMK cannot reap too many profits from it. "The DMK has completely lost its credibility, Tamil Nadu politics will witness a huge void now."

2.31 pm: Jayalalithaa might have to spent the day and Sunday in jail

Reports suggest that the Tamil Nadu CM might have to spend the night at a jail in Bangalore. She might have to spend the Sunday in jail too. She has been remanded in judicial custody.

Speculations are on about what sentence she might have to serve and who will replace Jaya as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

Some news reports have suggested that she might have to serve a minimum of one year and a maximum of seven years in jail.

2.17 pm: Jayalalithaa found guilty in 18-year-old disproportionate assets case

Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa has been found guilty in a disproportionate assets case which she has been fighting for 18 years now. She was convicted under the Section (13) (1) E of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The quantum of punishment will be announced at 3pm today.

As a result of the conviction, she will now have to step down as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

Three others will be convicted alongside J Jayalalithaa. Co-accused Sasikala, Sudhakaran, Ilavarasi have been convicted under Sec120 b, 109 of IPC.

1.40 pm: Celebrations aside, DMK beefs up security at offices

Security has been beefed up at the DMK headquarters and residences of its senior leaders in Chennai as a Special Court in Bangalore sets out to deliver verdict in the 18-year-old wealth case against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today.

On a request from DMK, security had been increased at "Anna Arivalayam", the headquarters of DMK, two residences of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President M Karunanidhi and the residence of K Anbazhagan, party's General Secretary, police said.

It was on Anbazhagan's petition that the case had been transferred to Bangalore by the Supreme Court.

PTI

1.16 pm: DMK supporters celebrate outside Karunanidhi's house

Anticipating a verdict against Jayalalithaa, DMK supporters have turned up in full force outside chief Karunanidhi's house and has broken out in cheers and merry-making.

On the other hand, AIADM supporters have been detained from outside the Bangalore special court for protesting against the very case against their leader.

Political observers, however, pointed out that there is no reason for DMK to cheer as yet as Jayalalithaa has been to jail prior to this and she had successfully used her stint in jail to draw sympathy towards her and votes away from the DMK in the past.

TV channels are reporting that judge John Michael has already started reading out the judgment.

12.30 pm: Jayalalithaa reaches special court in Bangalore where verdict on disproportionate assets case will be delivered

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Saturday flew down to Bangalore in a special aircraft from Chennai for the verdict in the disproportionate assets' case against her.

The verdict will be delivered by the special trial court in the central jail at Parapanna Agrahara in the city's southern suburb.

A couple of Tamil Nadu cabinet ministers and AIADMK functionaries were present at the airport to greet Jayalalithaa on arrival amid tight security.

"Jayalalithaa left the airport and is on way to the special court under escort. We have ensured traffic-free route for her convoy to reach the jail premises before 11 a.m.," a senior police official told IANS.

Jayalalithaa. Reuters.

Jayalalithaa. Reuters.

Trial court judge John Michael Cunha will pronounce the judgement in the 18-year-old wealth case after 11 a.m.

Jayalalithaa has been charged with acquiring wealth valued at Rs.66.65 crore disproportionate to known sources of her income during 1991-96 when she served as Tamil Nadu's chief minister in the first term.

As Jayalalithaa has Z-plus security cover, the police have made fool-proof security arrangements to prevent any untoward incident when she will be in the court to hear the judgement along with three other accused.

The three other accused are Jayalalithaa's associate V.K. Sasikala, Sasikala's nephew V. N. Sudhakaran and sister-in-law J. Illavarasi.

City police turned Parapanna Agrahara into a fortress and imposed ban order 1 km around the central jail as part of unprecedented security measures.

"We have deployed about 2,000 security personnel in and around the central jail and about 5,000 additional forces have been positioned across the city to maintain law and order and ensure peace," Additional Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar said.

Police have also installed CCTV cameras at vantage points in the area to check movement of people and vehicles towards the jail.

As a precautionary measure, inter-state bus services between Bangalore and Hosur across the border in Tamil Nadu have been suspended since 6am till late afternoon.


Updated Date: Oct 18, 2014 18:09 PM

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