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Jayalalithaa bail plea makes TN tense

Chennai, Sep 30 (TruthDive): Jayalalithaa supporters across the State are bracing for the verdict of Karnataka High Court to be delivered today (Sep 30).

Jayalalithaa filed a bail application citing that full arguments were not heard and the fine imposed was too heavy. Ram Jethmalani has drafted the bail application citing Jayalalithaa’s medical condition and that the fine imposed was not conforming to the PCA 1988 Act.

The bail application was filed yesterday before a vacation bench that hears cases only on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. The bail application has created a political situation by which transport between Karnataka and Kerala has been stopped. If the bail application is not heard today or rejected, a fresh bout of violence is expected. The Chief Secretary and Home Secretary have been asked by Union Home Minister to give a report on the law and order situation.

Efforts are on to see that should the bail plea be rejected, police has been given the task that capital city should not witness any violence that could harm the party’s image nationally since it has to go to polls in 2016.

Meanwhile, fishing and tourism industry has shut down over Jayalalithaa’s arrest. The loss from burning buses and breaking wind-shields has resulted in a loss of Rs 7 crores. Revenue from tax has dropped over shutting of shops and exports being stuck as normalcy in transport has not been restored. Tamil Nadu is facing a crunch of vegetables coming from Karnataka. Kerala is not getting the supplies from Tamil Nadu as the cross border transport has been stopped.

The newly formed State ministry and induction of some old faces shows that Jayalalithaa now wants to close ranks and give no room for any dissidence.

Panneerselvam is bound for Bangalore for today’s bail plea hearing. Sources say that a bail plea application of the magnitude of such a case cannot be decided by a vacation bench and instead only by the full bench of Karnataka High Court. Even if Jayalaithaa gets  bail, her friends will face a problem, say experts.