Jayalalithaa to stay in jail, bail plea adjourned by Karnataka HC till Tuesday

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Bangalore, Oct 01: In a setback for former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, the vacation bench Karnataka High Court adjourned the hearing of her bail plea to Tuesday.

Her lawyers filed a plea seeking a speedy hearing of the case against her after the Karnataka High Court had put off her bail plea hearing till Monday. However, the vacation bench of the HC on Wednesday adjourned the matter to be heard by the regular bench on Tuesday.

The former chief minister has been behind bars since Saturday when she was convicted in the Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case and sentenced to 4 years in jail by a special court in Bangalore on September 27. All cinema halls in the state continue to be closed in solidarity with Jayalalithaa.

The AIADMK chief is presently lodged in VVIP cell number 23 in the Central Prison at Parappana Agrahara on the outskirts of Bangalore.

There were reports that Jayalalithaa has not been keeping well and has to be shifted to a hospital soon. However, Bangalore Police Commissioner MN Reddi denied the reports and said, "We usually write to a couple of government hospitals routinely when there is a Z+ security person in city, to keep ward ready as a precaution. We have written in the same way to two hospitals. Public is requested not to pay heed to any such rumours of her ill health."

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