As Jayalalithaa sought immediate relief, the Court on Tuesday first posted the hearing for October 6 but hours later listed the matter for Wednesday after her counsels pleaded for urgent hearing.

When the matter came up before the vacation bench judge Justice Rathnakala, Jayalalithaa's counsel Ram Jethmalani pleaded for suspending the sentence pending appeal under Section 389 of the Criminal Procedure Code and for her release on bail.

Section 389 states that pending any appeal by a convicted person, the Appellate Court may order that the execution of the sentence or order appealed against be suspended. Also, if the person is in confinement, that he or she be released on bail, or on own bond.

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