Ahead of Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, former AIADMK leader VK Sasikala, the aide of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, was officially released from Parappana Agrahara Central Jail in Bengaluru today. She was released four years after being convicted by the Supreme Court in the Disproportionate Case.
According to reports, she will remain in Victoria Hospital for close to four days as she is being treated for Covid-19 and that the Karnataka Police will continue to give her protection as she remains in the state. A large crowd of supporters gathered outside Victoria Hospital raising slogans in her favour. The supporters even distributed sweets as a part of celebrating her return.
The hospital authorities just before her release confirmed that Sasikala is stable, conscious and alert. On January 20, she was rushed to government’s Bowring Hospital after having fever and breathing difficulties and later transferred to Victoria hospital.
Meanwhile, ex-AIADMKA leader Sasikala’s release comes a day when Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami inaugurates a memorial on Jayalalithaa worth Rs 79 crore along Marina Beach in Chennai.
In 2017, Sasikala was sentenced to four years in the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case. Her sister-in-law IIavarasi and Jayalalithaa’s foster son VN Sudhakaran were also convicted in the case. Earlier, there were allegations that she was given special treatment in the Bengaluru jail. IIavarasi, who shared a jail cell with Sasikala had also tested positive for Coronavirus. She was also later shifted to the Victoria Hospital from prison.
However, Sasikala is restricted from contesting in the upcoming Assembly elections according to the Section 8 of Representation of the People’s Act, 1985. Moreover, she was expelled from AIADMK in 2017.