CHENNAI: Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, who was released from the Bangalore jail after the Supreme Court granted her conditional bail in a disproportionate assets case, returned to Chennai on Sunday.
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The special flight carrying Jayalalithaa landed at Chennai airport and when she came out, hundreds of AIADMK cadres assembled in large numbers shouted 'Long Live Amma'.
Jayalalithaa drove straight to her residence in Poes Garden area where also thousands of party workers had gathered to greet their leader.
Jayalalithaa walked out of Parappana Agrahara Central Prison in Bangalore this afternoon shortly after the special court issued the order for release of her in accordance with the top court order.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Pannerselvam, a few cabinet ministers and the ruling AIADMK's lawmakers were at the prison to receive her.
Sasikala and Elavarasi were in Jayalalithaa's car, while Sudhakaran, disowned son of AIADMK chief, was in another vehicle.
In Chennai, partymen had put up banners and posters near the airport hailing 'Amma' (Mother), as she is addressed by her supporters, even as staunch AIADMK loyalists who turned up for
a glimpse of their leader exuded confidence that she will successfully wade her way out of this case.
Jayalalithaa has been in prison after a special court here found her guilty in the Rs 66.65 crore assets case and sentenced her to four years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 100 crore on September 27.
The release order by Special Judge John Michael D'Cunha came after a bond for Rs two crore was furnished and surety of assets offered. Copy of the Supreme Court order was also produced before the court by Jayalalithaa's lawyers.
A three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu had on Friday stayed the four-year jail term sentence while granting conditional bail.
Jayalalithaa's close aide Sasikala and her relatives Sudhakaran and Elavarasi also fufilled similar conditions.
Jayalalithaa had moved the Supreme Court after the Karnataka High Court rejected her bail plea on October 7.
(With inputs from agencies)