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Jayalalitha must get stay of verdict: Swamy

By Our Staff Reporter

MADURAI, APRIL 25. The Janata Party president, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, today said the AIADMK leader, Ms. J. Jayalalitha, should obtain from a Divisional Bench a stay of the recent judgment of the Madras High Court on her conviction, as she was now liable to be arrested.

Talking to mediapersons here, Dr. Swamy drew attention to the observation by the judge, Mr. Malai Subramaniam, that sentence and conviction were inseparable.

Accordingly, dismissal of a petition seeking a stay of conviction also meant dismissal of the stay on sentence granted by a lower court, Dr. Swamy added.

He said Ms. Jayalalitha could not become Chief Minister on the `six-month rule' in the event of her party forming the government.

``The Governor cannot administer oath to someone who is disqualified to be an MLA.''

Ms. Jayalalitha had furnished false information in her papers on the number of nominations she filed. Any candidate or citizen could file a cheating case against her for giving a false declaration.

Dr. Swamy said the Periyar Dam issue would come up for hearing in the Supreme Court on May 4, and he would try to get the reservoir level raised to at least 142 feet.

Ms. Jayalalitha should either force the CPI(M) Government in Kerala to express `no objection' in the court for raising the level or shun the party in her alliance in the interest of farmers in Tamil Nadu.

Dr. Swamy said that while the State Government had opposed his PIL petition in the High Court for the formation of a `Police Sangam', the DMK had given an assurance in its manifesto that it would allow subordinate police officials to form associations.

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