Jayalalitha appeals over corruption sentence


The imprisoned former chief minister of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalitha Jayaram has appealed against her sentence.

One of India’s most colourful and controversial politicians, Jayalalitha was jailed for four years on corruption charges at the weekend.

In a case that lasted 18 years, she was found guilty of amassing unaccounted wealth of more than $10m.

Her party has named finance minister O Panneerselvam as her successor.

Panneerselvam was sworn in as chief minister today.

This morning, Jayalalitha’s lawyers appealed against the judgement at the Karnataka High Court and also sought bail for her.

Reports say the high court is expected to hear the appeal tomorrow, which the prosecution is thought likely to challenge.