AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa breathed a sigh of relief as the Supreme Court on Thursday extended bail of the ex-Tamil Nadu chief minister by four more months in the disproportionate assets case.
While hearing Jaya’s plea, apex court bench comprising of Chief Justice HL Dattu asked Chief Justice of Karnataka HC to constitute a special bench to expeditiously decide Jayalalithaa’s appeal within 3 months.
Noting that Jayalalithaa had complied with its Oct 17 order of filing her appeal in the high court along with all the documents, an apex court bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu asked the chief justice of the Karnataka high court to constitute a special bench that will hear the appeal on a day-to-day basis and complete the hearing within three months from Thursday.
“Keeping in view the facts of the case, we request the Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court to constitute a special bench for hearing of appeal on day-to-day basis. The hearing should be completed within three months,” the bench, also comprising Justice AK Sikri, said.
“The bail granted by this court on October 17 is extended by another four months, that is, till April 18, 2015,” the bench said.
It also asked senior advocate KTS Tulsi, appearing for Jayalalithaa, who was awarded four years jail term along with a fine of Rs 100 crore in the DA case, to provide a copy of documents of the case to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.
Swamy, during the brief hearing, raised the issue of law and order in Tamil Nadu, saying the posters of the slain LTTE chief Prabhakaran are being pasted across the state.
“We gave you (Swamy) the liberty that if there is anything against you, you just mention that before us. We will take a call,” the bench said.