SC gives permission to Jayalalithaa

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The Supreme Court on Friday extended the bail granted to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa till the disposal of her appeal before the Karnataka High Court in disproportionate assets case in which she has been sentenced to four years in jail.

The apex court also allowed the plea of the Karnataka High court registry, which had filed an application on behalf of the judge hearing the appeal seeking extension of the deadline of 18 April for disposal of the appeal to 12 May.

A bench comprising Chief Justice HL Dattu and Justice AK Mishra also gave liberty to the high court judge to move application in future for extension of time for delivering the judgement in view of the fact that a matter connected to the case is pending in the apex court before the larger bench.

The bench was referring to the petition field by DMK leader K Anbazhagan seeking removal of the Special Public Prosecutor from appearing in the appeal filed before the high court on which the apex court on 15 April had given a split verdict and the matter has been referred for hearing before a three judge bench on 21 April.

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