Karnataka high court verdict on Jayalalitha’s appeal today


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Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's appeal against Special Court's conviction order in disproportionate assets case was filed in the Karnataka High Court yesterday.

Her advocates filed the appeal, with a plea seeking suspension of sentence, in the High Court's registry section.

Jayalalithaa’s aide Sasikala, her relatives V.N Sudhakaran and Ilavarasi also approached the High Court, seeking bail.

Senior Supreme Court advocate Ram Jethmalani will represent Jayalalithaa with the defence team.

Earlier on Sunday, the legal team discussed options to get the sentence suspended and the conviction stayed.

Legal experts say a stay on the conviction is deemed necessary to get her disqualification suspended.

While the Supreme Court has said in many cases that the Appeal court has the power to suspend both the sentence and conviction, it laid down in 2001 that when a public servant has been convicted for corruption, the conviction should not be stayed during the pendency of an appeal.

Since the High Court was on vacation, the application may be taken up by a vacation bench today.

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