VK Sasikala surrendered herself before the Bengaluru court on Wednesday after Supreme Court found her guilty in DA case. She has been sentenced to four years imprisonment. She went inside the prison wearing a brown sari.
She is now in the same jail where Ms Jayalalithaa and she were kept in 2014 for three weeks when convicted for corruption.
Sources said, "Ms Sasikala has asked for a cell that comes with a table and a fan, a couple of non-vegetarian meals every week, a space to meditate, and guaranteed round-the-clock medical assistance if sought. On Tuesday evening, Ms Sasikala broke down as she addressed about 120 legislators at a resort in Chennai which, as of about five days ago, has turned into a party outpost. "
"They can imprison me, but they cannot imprison my care for you," she told them, adding, "wherever I am, I will be of the party."
Along with Ms Sasikala, her nephew Sudhakaran (adopted by Ms Jayalalithaa only to be disowned a year later) and sister-in-law Ilavarasi, were also convicted.
By 5.45 pm on Wednesday, V.K. Sasikala was in a jail cell that measured ten feet by twelve in Bengaluru's prison. There is no toilet, no facilities, unlike her previous visit.
After Sasikala left, she saw her 10 car convoy being destroyed by angry local farmers. Farmers were upset over Tamil Nadu's stand on the Cauvery waters.
Before leaving to Bengaluru Sasikala visited late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s memorial. “They can't jail my thoughts. Whether I'm here or in another state, I will work for the party 24 hours a day. Our enemy Karunanidhi lodged this case and we should ensure that his party DMK does not come to power again in Tamil Nadu,” she said.
BY M. DIVYA SRI