Jayalalithaa Refused Bail, Her Party Urges Workers ‘Stay Peaceful’

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J Jayalalithaa will stay in jail for now. The Karnataka High Court has rejected the former Tamil Nadu chief minister’s bail plea, saying the Supreme Court has sent out a clear message that corruption cases should be put on the fast track.The court rejected bail even though Special Public Prosecutor Bhavani Singh told the court that he had no objection to Ms Jayalalithaa being granted conditional bail.Justice AV Chandrashekhara said in a packed courtroom that there “are no grounds” to give bail to the AIADMK chief and observed, “Corruption is seen as a violation of human rights of all.”Ms Jayalalithaa’s lawyers have said they will appeal in the Supreme Court against the denial of bail; sources said they could move the top court tomorrow. Ms Jayalalithaa has been in jail for nine days now.At Ms Jayalalithaa’s Chennai residence, where supporters had begun celebrating in anticipation of their leader getting bail today, joy turned to shock and grief in seconds as news of the verdict came in. Many supporters wept.

 

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