Jayalalitha’s Asset Case: 11th May is the Verdict Day, Prohibitory Order Issued Under Section 144

On 11th of May, 2015, Karnataka High Court is giving verdict on appeals that was filed by Jayalalitha, Tamil Nadu former Chief Minister. Along with this there are 3 more appeals by Jayalalithaa in disproportionate of asset case conviction. On the verdict day there will be prohibitory instructions around the court area for safety reasons.

M N Reddi, city’s police commissioner under Section 144 Criminal Procedure Code, has given directions and imposed prohibitory orders, where no one can gather or form assemblies within a kilometer range near High Court and this area is under Vidhana Soudha police station boundary. Mr Reddi said that this order is effective from 6.00 in the morning till 9.00 in the evening on 11 May, as many of Jayalalitha’s followers will be coming down to Bangalore from Tamil Nadu to hear the judgement. Reddi further said that safety in the court and surrounding area was taken into account, as there could be obstructions for public peace and traffic can also be hit badly if there are any turbulence, and thus police is taking due care and vigilance in the city tomorrow.  May 11 2015, verdict date, is the outcome of Supreme Court’s order where it said that May 12 should be the last date to pass order in this matter.

Justice C R Kumraswamy of Special Vacation Single Bench will be giving judgment at around 11 a.m.  Previously trial court had given judgment and sentenced Ms Jayalalitha and her friend Sasikala and her foster son, and her relatives, Illavarasi and Sudhakaran, last year on September 27, for four years in prison.

There is lot of anxiety which has gripped the AIADMK party and so many of the senior leaders and ministers of the party, who usually stay in their constituency on weekends, will be in Chennai showing solidarity to Ms Jayalalitha.  Most of the temples in Tiruvallur district are conducting pujas and in nearly 23 Shiva temples homas are being conducted. AIADMK’s party workers from North Chennai are organising a special procession whereby they are giving 567 milk pots to the temples. Jayalalitha and her close relatives need not be at court when the judgment is delivered by C R Kumaraswamy. If Jayalalithaa is acquitted then it would be her great comeback in the political field, who has gone through a lot of ups and downs. In 2001 and 2014 she had lost the CM’s post twice as she was convicted in graft cases.

by Sushma Javare.