Sasikala out of jail on parole, restrictions imposed


The sidelined AIADMK leader VK Sasikala on Friday came out of Bangalore jail after she was granted a parole to meet her ailing husband.

However, many restrictions have been imposed on her parole conditions including that she will only be allowed to meet her husband at the hospital and residence mentioned in her plea. During parole Sasikala can not be allowed to entertain any visitors or involve in public/party activities or interact with media.

Sasikala had applied for 15-day parole on Tuesday to meet her ailing husband M. Natarajan but was later asked to resubmit her application with more details and affidavits.

A confidante of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, Sasikala, 60, is serving a four-year jail term in the prison on the city’s outskirts since February 15 after the Supreme Court on February 14 upheld her conviction in a corruption case in September 2015 by a trial court.

M. Natarajan is a 74-year-old former bureaucrat in the Tamil Nadu government during Jayalalithaa’s earlier tenures, is awaiting a liver transplant in a private hospital in Chennai, about 350km from here.

He has also registered with the Tamil Nadu Organ Sharing waiting list for cadaver liver transplant.

Quoting AIADMK faction leader T.T.V. Dinakaran, IANS reported that Natarajan was in the Liver Intensive Care Unit of the Gleneagles Global Health City in Chennai.

Though Jayalalithaa was also convicted in the multi-crore disproportionate assets case as the main accused, she passed away on December 5, 2016, at a private hospital in Chennai.

She was also in the same jail here for three weeks from September 26 to October 20, 2015 but was released on conditional bail by the apex court.