18 OCTOBER 2014 NEW DELHI – Corruption is long been disputed issue of South Asian Politics and often punished by anti corruption law in rare cases.India one of the most politically corrupted country in the world where politicians are in list of Billionaire within 5-10 years of their political career.
Supreme Court of India granted bail on Friday to a powerful south Indian film star-turned-politician jailed last month for corruption, a ruling that sparked jubilation in her home state.
Jayalalithaa Jayaram, 66, an ex-film star and a longtime head of Tamil Nadu, was convicted last month of having land, gold and other assets vastly exceeding her income in a case that had dragged on for nearly two decades, and sentenced to four years in jail.
The Supreme Court ruled that hugely popular Jayalalithaa, known as “Amma” or “mother” to adoring supporters, could be freed on bail pending an appeal against her conviction.
“She’s been given conditional bail,” senior lawyer Subramanian Swamy, a former friend of Jayalalithaa who filed the corruption case, told reporters.
Jayalalithaa’s supporters danced joyously, waving their arms, flashing victory signs and shouting “Amma, Amma” in New Delhi and in her Tamil Nadu home state, after the court’s decision.
Following her conviction, Jayalalithaa, head of the AIADMK (All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) party, was obliged by law to step down as Tamil Nadu chief minister.
Jayalalithaa Jayaram, 66, an ex-film star and a longtime head of Tamil Nadu, was convicted last month of having land, gold and other assets vastly exceeding her income.