As the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister secured relief from the apex court, DIG Prisons PM Jaisimha told, "The formalities for the release of Jayalalithaa from the Parapanna Agrahara Prison will be completed by evening."
He said the process for release has been set in motion amidst tight security in and around the prison premises.
As the news of the apex court granting relief to Jayalalithaa broke, groups of Jayalalithaa's supporters erupted in celebrations and danced in joy hailing their leader.
Police, who have tightened security in and around the jail complex ever since Jayalalithaa was lodged in the prison here on September 27 when she was convicted by the Special Court, have put in place additional security arrangements.
The entry point on the road leading to the jail is blocked at least a km away from it.
Earlier, the Supreme Court granted bail to Jayalalithaa after a bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu stayed the sentence and warned Jayalalithaa against causing any delay by seeking adjournment in her appeal in Karnataka High Court.
Police beefed up security in and around Hosur road on Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border, about 20 km from the prison complex, to prevent any untoward incident as many AIADMK supporters have been camping in the area in various lodges and resorts, anticipating their leader's release.
Prohibitory orders are in force in and around the prison complex with over 1,000 policemen on duty, apart from senior officials, including five DCPs. City Armed Reserve force is also deployed, Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Alok Kumar told reporters near the prison.
Asked when the release of Jayalalithaa would come, he said he was not aware of it but the police were prepared for it in terms of security arrangements.
He also said he was not aware if Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Panneerselvam would be arriving in Bangalore.
The Supreme Court on Friday also granted bail to Jayalalithaa's aide Sasikala and her relatives V N Sudhakaran, disowned foster-son of the former Chief Minister, and Ilavarasi, who are also lodged in the same prison.
The Special Court had sent Jayalalithaa and three others to four years in jail in the 18-year-old Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case. The Karnataka High Court had on October 7 rejected the bail pleas of Jayalalithaa and the three others.