The release on bail of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa from the Bangalore Central Prison where she has been incarcerated since her conviction on September 27 is expected to take place on Saturday afternoon since administrative orders for the release of the AIADMK leader were not issued till the 6 pm deadline on Friday.
Jayalalithaa’s lawyers who arrived with the Supreme Court order granting bail to the former Tamil Nadu chief minister are expected to approach the trial court where she was convicted for release orders on Saturday morning.
News of the granting of bail to Jayalalithaa on Friday triggered the arrival of hordes of the AIADMK leaders supporters to the vicinity of the Bangalore Central Prison even before the city police could swing into action and impose curfew in the region like it did on September 27 to prevent untoward incidents.
On Friday, over 1000 Jayalalitha supporters thronged at Parappana Agrahara where the prison is located. As the day progressed the crowds swelled with the arrival of more and more Tamil Nadu registered cars.
The celebrations began outside the prison premises well before police re-inforcements could arrive. AIADK supporters set off fire crackers and distributed sweets to celebrate the release of Amma on bail. It was around 2.30 pm when police managed to push out AIADMK supporters from the vicinity of the prison gate.
Altogether around 1600 police personnel were deployed to secure the prison perimeter at 4.30 pm. A similar amount of security is expected to be in place at the prison on Saturday afternoon when Jayalalithaa is released on bail and taken to the special purpose HAL airport to be flown to Chennai.