AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa is likely to walk out of jail on Saturday after the Supreme Court granted bail to the Tamil Nadu politician found guilty of corruption and suspended her sentence for two months, sparking celebrations by supporters.
The former chief minister was handed a four-year prison term and a Rs. 100-crore penalty in September after she was convicted for illegally amassing wealth beyond her known sources of income.
After her release, Jayalalithaa can’t stake claim to the chief minister’s post as the apex court has only suspended her sentence and not her conviction.
Senior lawyer Fali S Nariman, representing Jayalalithaa, told the court that the 66-year-old had been unwell since being locked up in a Bengaluru prison following her conviction.