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Jayalalithaa returns home to spirited welcome

The former Tamil Nadu chief minister went directly to her residence in Poes Garden area, after stopping at a Ganapati Temple in Kotturpuram 

Bangalore/Chennai: Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa walked out of a Bangalore jail on Saturday after bail formalities were completed and reached Chennai to a spirited welcome by her AIADMK cadre, who were out in force despite the heavy rain.


J Jayalalithaa sits in her vehicle as she leaves the Bangalore Central Jail after securing bail. Pic/AFP 

AIADMK cadres were jubilant and celebrated the release of Jayalalithaa who spent 21 days in prison after being convicted in a corruption case last month, before the Supreme Court accepted her bail plea. “Jayalalithaa left the jail after completing the formalities. She is fine and in good health,” Karnataka Inspector General of Prisons (IGP) KV Gagandeep said minutes after she walked free.

O Pannerselvam, who was sworn in Tamil Nadu chief minister after Jayalalithaa stepped down and a few cabinet ministers and 50 lawmakers of the ruling AIADMK, greeted her.

Her three associates — Sasikala Natarajan, V Sudhakaran and J Elavarisi — who were released along with her from the jail, accompanied her.

The court ordered Jayalalithaa’s release after the Supreme Court stayed the four-year jail term sentence on Friday and granted an interim bail to Jayalalithaa till December 18 in the corruption case that dragged on for 18 years.

“The special court judge (John Michael D’Cunha) issued the order after Jayalalithaa’s counsel furnished a bond of R2 crore and two sureties of assets were submitted by her known persons,” Gagandeep said.

The two sureties of properties valued at R5 crore and R1 crore were given by J Bharat and Gunajyothi, who are party cadres in the city.

The release order was issued after Jayalalithaa’s counsel submitted to the court a certified copy of the apex court order, issued by a three judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India HL Dattu.

“Jayalalithaa was set free after we verified the court order along with the bond and surety papers given for her release. She also signed the jail register where her name was entered as prisoner number 7402,” Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of prisons PM Jaisimha said.

The court also issued separate orders to release Sasikala, Sudhakaran and Elavarisi, after they furnished a bond of Rs 1 crore each and gave sureties as specified by the judge.

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 from where she was to take a chartered flight to Chennai.

AIADMK cadres assembled in large numbers shouted ‘Long Live Amma’. ‘Amma, Amma,’ the one word slogan rented the air. She was also given a drum beat reception.

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.

On the way to her residence, she briefly stopped her car outside a Ganapati Temple in Kotturpuram area and prayed sitting in the car.

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