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Jayalalithaa Set To Be Released From Prison

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AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa, granted bail by the Supreme Court in the disproportionate assets case, is expected to be freed from the prison in Bangalore on Saturday.
 
"Jayalalithaa will be released (on Saturday)," the 66-year-old leader's senior counsel B Kumar said.
 
Her lawyers are meeting the Bangalore special court, which had sentenced the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister to four years in jail, to furnish surety for her release after receiving a copy of the Supreme Court of India's order.
 
The deputy inspector general of police, P.M. Jaisimha, who met Jayalalithaa to enquire about her health, said the release will "definitely" happen on 18 October.
 
"She told me she is fine, health-wise and not having any problems," Jaisimha said.
 
Jayalalithaa had sought bail because she said she suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure and needed medical care.
 
AIADMK supporters erupted into celebrations near the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison after the news broke on Friday about the apex court granting bail to her.
 
The Karnataka government deployed 1,000 policemen to maintain security in and around the jail complex.
 
People celebrated outside the AIADMK party office in Chennai, with many dancing, distributing sweets, beating drums and pouring milk on the charismatic leader's pictures.
 
Jayalalithaa asked her party workers to maintain law and order.
 
In her first public statement since September 27, she asked them to refrain from criticising judges or the judiciary.
 
Jayalalithaa, a former movie star, remains a popular politician in Tamil Nadu and has endeared herself to people thorugh populist schemes such as distributing free laptops and cheaper household goods.
 
"I appeal to my beloved Tamils, my supporters and my party men not to criticise judgements or the judges who delivered them or the court proceedings, which will bring disrepute to the judiciary or make allegations against any one," she said.
 
The appeal came in the wake of a directive on Friday by the three-member Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu asking Jayalalithaa to direct her party workers not to create public disorder.
 
The court warned it would take serious objection if it came to know that any disturbances were caused by political workers on her instruction.
 
India's top court also told Jayalalitha to provide it with all the documents related to the corruption case by 18 December or her bail would be cancelled.
 
Tamil Nadu had witnessed protests and sporadic violence after last month's conviction of Jayalalithaa.
 
Posters had also surfaced in various parts of the state criticising the Karnataka court.
 
Jayalalitha was accused in 1996 of illegally amassing 66 crore rupees.
 
About her appeal challenging the conviction in the 18-year-old case, she said, "I am hopeful that I will be successful in the appeal that I have made in the court".