Sasikala skips meal on first night in jail

Pablo Tucker
February 17, 2017

As prisoner no 9234, Ms Sasikala - who drove straight to Benguluru on Wednesday from Chennai's sprawling Poes Garden bungalow that she shared for many years with former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa - merits no special treatment.

AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala had a hard time in the Central Jail here as she could not sleep and was restless at night, a party leader said on Thursday.

Sources said that Sasikala has requested for a separate cell with a cot and a television set. She has been convicted in a case of disproportionate assets along with her sister-in-law Elavarasi, and did not have a good "second" start in the jail. Her cell will consist of a fan and she will be provided with a pillow, a blanket and a sheet along.

Travelling in the same auto that Jayalalithaa used, Sasikala arrived at the central jail housed at Parappana Agrahara, close to Hosur on Karnataka-Tamilnadu border, towards the evening amid tight security.

As the trial court denied Sasikala's demand for some privileges, including home food, she refused to have supper on Wednesday night though she was served two rotis, one ragi ball, 200 gm rice and 150 gm sambar (lentil) like all other inmates.

She will be in jail for three years and about 11 months out of the four years sentence awarded by the trial court, DG (Prisons) Sathyanarayana Rao. She was up since dawn, did yoga, took a walk, read the newspapers and ate a frugal breakfast of tamarind rice, coaxed by Elavarasi.

As an inmate, she has now been assigned the task of making candles. Ms Sasikala and Ms Ilavarasi have been lodged in a two-occupancy cell, located at the same barracks as hardened women convicts are lodged. She will make candles or agarbathis during her stay and will be paid Rs 50 a day. Quoting a source, Bangalore Mirror reports that Sasikala said, "I am not a petty thief".

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