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Jayalalithaa denied bail by Karnataka HC in graft case

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Bangalore (Oct 7, 2014): In a blow to AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa, the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday rejected her bail plea in the disproportionate assets case, saying there was no ground to grant her the relief.

The order by Justice A V Chandrashekhara came after Special Public Prosecutor Bhavani Singh told the court he had no objection to granting conditional bail to Jayalalithaa, who is in prison here since her conviction by the Special Court on September 27.

In his order pronounced in a packed court room, the judge said there "are no grounds" to give bail to the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and observed that corruption amounts to "violation of human rights" and leads to economic imbalance.

As the SPP told the court that he was not opposed to bail for Jayalalithaa, AIADMK supporters, who had gathered near the Parappana Agrahara jail, where Jayalalithaa is lodged, and near the court, went delirious anticipating her release. When the verdict came, they went into a state of disbelief.

"My client will take a call," senior counsel Ram Jethmalani, who appeared for Jayalalithaa, said, after the verdict when asked whether they will approach the Supreme Court.