Sasikala back in Ben­galuru prison af­ter pa­role

Gets a tear­ful farewell from rel­a­tives; loy­al­ists ac­cuse the gov­ern­ment of im­pos­ing re­stric­tions dur­ing her stay in Chen­nai

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - R. Si­vara­man

Af­ter her five-day pa­role, the de­posed in­terim gen­eral sec­re­tary of the AIADMK V.K. Sasikala left for the Parap­pana Agra­hara prison in Ben­galuru by car on Thurs­day morn­ing.

Dur­ing her stay in the city, nei­ther party MLAs nor any of Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K. Palaniswami’s Cabi­net col­leagues, in­clud­ing Deputy Chief Min­is­ter O. Pan­neer­sel­vam, met Sasikala.

Sasikala has been serv­ing a prison term along with her rel­a­tives – J. Elavarasi and V.N.Sud­hakaran – from Fe­bru­ary this year af­ter the Supreme Court held her guilty in the dis­pro­por­tion­ate as­sets case.

She came out on pa­role last week af­ter her hus­band un­der­went a liver and kid­ney trans­plant surgery at the hos­pi­tal.

C.R. Saraswathi, a Dhi­nakaran camp loy­al­ist and a party func­tionary said, “We are not able to in­ter­act with Chin­namma (Sasikala) since the prison author­i­ties had im­posed strict con­di­tions. She has been spend­ing time with her rel­a­tives and fam­ily mem­bers. When she went past us in her car, she smiled and en­quired about our health. Then she left.”

Thanga Tamil­sel­van, MLA (who has now been dis­qual­fied), a staunch sup­porter of Mr. Dhi­nakaran, said: “Four or five Min­is­ters are in touch with us. No one was able to meet her since the State gov­ern­ment has im­posed strict re­stric­tions. The prison author­i­ties have not im­posed such con­di­tions.”

On Thurs­day morn­ing, as she left for Ben­galuru, Sasikala’s rel­a­tives gave her a tear­ful send-off . Just like her friend the former Chief Min­is­ter Jay­alalithaa, she sat in the lux­ury car with the lights fo­cused on her face even as cadre show­ered flower petals and broke pumpkins be­fore the ve­hi­cle to ward off the evil spirit. The cadre also raised the slo­gan Thi­aga Tha­laivi (A leader who is a mar­tyr).

With some rel­a­tives fol­low­ing Sasikala’s car, traf­fic was blocked on the North Us­man Road. She reached the Parap­pana Agra­hara prison at around 4.35 p.m.Mr. Dhi­nakaran and Sasikala’s ad­vo­cate Kr­ish­nap­pan ac­com­pa­nied her to the prison of­fice to com­plete the for­mal­i­ties.

B. JOTHI RAMALINGAM

Plenty of sup­port: AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala leav­ing for Ben­galuru on Thurs­day.

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