AIADMK general secretary VK Sasisikala who surrendered in the Bengaluru court today has been shifted to her cell in the Parappana Agrahara prison. She, who is prisoner number 10711 and has been put in ordinary cell, will share her cell with two women inmates.
Earlier, upon reaching the Bengaluru court, court formalities were conducted and medical test was done, before shifting to her prison. Before leaving for Bengaluru in the morning she also visited the memorial of Jayalalithaa where she prayed and offered flowers. She was brought from Chennai to Bengaluru amid high security.
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The Supreme Court had yesterday directed Sasikala and her two relatives to surrender forthwith to the trial court in Bengaluru and serve the remaining part of four-year jail term. The verdict disqualifies Sasikala from becoming a legislator and consequentially she can’t be chief minister either for six years from the date of release of prison under the Representation of the People Act.
Minutes after the Supreme Court verdict, the AIADMK tried to defend her, saying she had always carried the burden of the late Jayalalithaa. “Whenever there had been burden for Amma (Jayalalithaa) she (Sasikala) had taken it on her. She is doing the same now also. #Chinnamma,” the party’s official Twitter handle, @AIADMKOfficial said.
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The trial court had sentenced Sasikala and her two relatives to four years imprisonment with a fine of Rs 10 crore each. Jayalalithaa was sentenced to four years with a fine of Rs 100 crore.