AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa reaches Chennai to rousing welcome

Festive mood at Poes Garden as Jayalalithaa returns

jayalalithaa_2162090gAIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa reached Chennai on Saturday evening to a huge welcome from party workers.

Thousands of AIADMK workers thronged the airport to receive their leader.

Earlier, Jayalalithaa was released from jail after 21 days, a day after Supreme Court granted her bail in an 18-year-old disproportionate assets case.

Jayalalithaa stepped out of Parappana Agrahara Central Prison shortly after special court judge John Michael D’ Cunha issued the release order.

Tamil Nadu chief minister O Pannerselvam, several ministers, MPs and legislators were in attendance to receive her near the prison after which she headed to HAL airport to fly back to Chennai by a special flight.

The special court had issued the order for release of AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa from jail in accordance with the Supreme Court order granting her bail in the disproportionate assets case.

The release order by special judge John Michael D’Cunha came after a bond for Rs 2 crore was furnished and surety of assets offered. Copy of the Supreme Court order was also produced before the court by Jayalalithaa’s lawyers.

Jayalalithaa’s close aide Sasikala and her relatives Sudhakaran and Elavarasi also fufilled similar conditions.

The special court had sentenced them to four years in jail in the Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case on September 27.

In a major relief, the Supreme Court had on Friday granted bail to Jayalalithaa and three others, who had earlier tried in vain to secure it in the Karnataka high court.

Tight security was thrown around the prison complex with entry point blocked at more than a km away. Police personnel have been deployed on the route to the HAL airport also.

Hundreds of policemen under the supervision of senior officials were deployed all along the route leading to the prison.

At the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border point on Hosur also, police and city armed reserve personnel kept a close vigil and regulated movement of vehicles from the neighbouring state into the city.

The jail is located about 20km from the Hosur point. Groups of AIADMK supporters had gathered at some places chanting slogans hailing their leader.

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