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Supreme Court extends Jayalalithaa’s bail

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Supreme Court on Friday extended the bail period granted to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and four other accused till May 12, 2015, in connection with the disproportionate assets case.

Earlier last week, the apex court referred a plea seeking removal of a special public prosecutor in the case, after a division bench gave conflicting opinions.

This implies that the Karnataka High Court has to pause until a newly formed three-judge bench of the Supreme Court first confers a concluding decision on the question whether the entire appeal proceedings held in the past three months were quashed due to the presence of Special Public Prosecutor Bhavani Singh.

Jayalalithaa was sentenced to four years in jail on September 17, 2014, in a high-profile corruption case that has lasted for almost 20 years.

Jayalalithaa was found guilty of “disproportionately” amassing about Rs. 530 million outside her known sources of income by a special court.

It also forced Jayalalithaa to legally step down as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, which she had been holding since 2011 under her latest term.

However, she was granted bail by the Supreme Court on October 17, 2014, on the grounds of poor health.

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Tamil Nadu CM Allows TV Serial Shootings to Resume in the State

Tamil Nadu allows shooting of TV serials subject to conditions and guidelines

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami has allowed to restart television serial shooting in the state subject to precautionary guidelines. Wikimedia Commons

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Thursday allowed television serial shootings in the state subject to conditions.

An official statement said Palaniswami considered the representation received from the industry and has allowed shooting of television serials subject to the following conditions: Shooting is allowed only indoors or in the houses having compound walls; No shooting is allowed in public places, except in rural and on Covid-19 containment areas; No permission for onlookers; Spraying of disinfectant before and after the shooting at the shoot spots; Barring actors, all others should wear masks and maintain social distance.

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Outdoor shooting is not allowed according to the guidelines. WIkimedia Commons

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During breaks actors too should wear masks; All equipments, vehicles coming to the shooting spots should be sanitized; a maximum of 20 persons alone are permitted at the spot including actors and technicians. (IANS)

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Special Nodal Officer Appointed in Chennai to Tackle COVID-19

The Tamil Nadu government announced the appointment of J. Radhakrishan

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Special Nodal Officer Appointed in Chennai to Tackle COVID-19 as the cases rise in the district. Pixabay

The Tamil Nadu government on Friday announced the appointment of J. Radhakrishan, Principal Secretary/Commissioner, Revenue Administration, Disaster Management and Mitigation, Chennai as the Special Nodal Officer for Greater Chennai Corporation for Covid-19 matters relating to Chennai.

As per the Government Order issued on Friday, as Special Nodal Officer, Radhakrishnan will co-ordinate the Covid-19 related issues with the Commissioner of Greater Chennai Corporation and other teams constituted for specific purpose of containing the spread of the disease further in Chennai district.

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The appointment comes with Chennai reporting higher number of persons testing positive for coronavirus. Wikimedia Commons

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Radhakrishnan will also ensure effective implementation of various guidelines issued by the state government, the order said.

The appointment comes with Chennai reporting higher number of persons testing positive for coronavirus.

As on April 30, a total of 960 persons have been tested positive for coronavirus in the city. (IANS)

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As A Mark of Respect To Karunanidhi, Parliament Gets Adjourned

"In his passing away, the country has lost an able administrator and an outstanding statesman. The House deeply mourns his death."

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Parliament Gets Adjourned As A sign Of Respect (Wikimedia Commons)

Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day without transacting any business on Wednesday as a mark of respect to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK leader M. Karunanidhi who died in Chennai on Tuesday.

The presiding officers of the two Houses made obituary references and paid homage to the 94-year-old political stalwart.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan described him as a visionary and a true leader of the masses and said his death “is an irreparable loss to the country and marks the end of an era”.

The members stood in silence for a short while.

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A 2 Minute Silence Was Observed For M. Karunanidhi, After His Passing On Tuedsay. Flickr

In the obituary reference, Mahajan said Karunanidhi, an astute administrator, in his “long and illustrious political career” showcased his “admirable leadership qualities and worked relentlessly for the cause of the people, particularly the marginalised and the downtrodden sections of the society.

“A multifaceted persona, Karunanidhi rose to become the most celebrated screenwriter in the Tamil film industry, using the cinematic medium to deliver his political ideas to the masses. The 1952 box office hit ‘Parasakthi’, in particular, was a turning point both in Tamil cinema and for Karunanidhi,” she said.

In the Rajya Sabha, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said Karunanidhi was actively engaged in social and public life.

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“In his passing away, the country has lost an able administrator and an outstanding statesman. The House deeply mourns his death,” Naidu said.

The House observed two minutes of silence before adjourning for the day. (IANS)