After living a luxury life with Jayalalithaa in a posh Poes Garden residence, V K Sasikala will now spend the next four years in jail. The small cell has a fan, a pillow, a blanket and a sheet in Parappana Agrahara. Sasikala will have to share the cell with two other women. She will also be given two newspapers a day.
Sasikala has to now sleep on a cement floor. If she needs a cot, her lawyer has to file a petition in the court. She was also given three saris and blouses on entering prison.
Sasikala will have to make candles or agarbathis as a part of work given to all the prisoners. For making those candles she will be paid Rs 50 per day. There will be no holiday from the work.
According to the latest reports, Sasikala has requested for a Class-1 facility, which the court said that it refer to the prison authorities.
Sasikala and Elavarasi came to Parappana Agrahara prison soon after 5 pm. They asked for a little time with their relatives before going inside the prison. Sasikala's husband Natarajan met her outside the court, and on seeing him she cried. Elavarasi also met her children.
Once they finished the formalities, Sasikala and Elavarasi were taken to the women's block. Before she went inside her cell, Sasikala gave her watch and a gold chain. She also had few medical check-ups done. She had to wait with other 15 male prisoners for 40 minutes before she went inside a room for the medical test.
"Her BP was little high and she was tired after the long journey. On Wednesday night, she had rice, sambar and fruit that she had brought with her. Later, she consumed her medication and some ayurvedic tonic which she had brought with her. She has many court documents to sign, and right now, she is going through the court papers.She has opted to spend time alone. Other convicts in the case will be shifted to different rooms," a source in the prison said.
Earlier, five companies of Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) were stationed near the prison. Despite the measures, a few people assumed to be Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam supporters attacked Sasikala's convoy as it came inside the jail premises.
Four vehicles were destroyed and police had to start lathi charge on the crowd. M B Boralingaiah, deputy commissioner of police, said "a case had not been booked as there had been no complaint."
BY M. DIVYA SRI