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Unable to get bail, Jaya refuses to meet Panneerselvam in jail

Sources said Jayalalithaa was upset that her AIADMK ministers and colleagues had failed to secure bail for her.

Written by Johnson T A | Bangalore |
Updated: October 1, 2014 2:54:39 am

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa refused to meet her successor O Panneerselvam at the Bengalore Central Prison on Tuesday, although the latter had already been granted permission by the jail authorities.

According to sources, Jayalalithaa directed Panneerselvam to return to Tamil Nadu. Paneerselvam arrived in Bangalore on Monday, shortly after being sworn in as the new Chief Minister.

Sources said Jayalalithaa was upset that her AIADMK ministers and colleagues had failed to secure bail for her. She was reportedly upset after she heard on Tuesday morning that her appeal in the Karnataka High Court had been adjourned by five days.

The official reason cited to Panneerselvam, however, was her poor health.

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Senior officials from Tamil Nadu subsequently met Karnataka High Court officials and managed to get her hearing advanced to Wednesday.

Since being sent to judicial custody, Jayalalithaa has refused to meet any leader from Tamil Nadu. About 15 AIADMK leaders are camping in different hotels here in the hope of meeting her.

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