Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s close aide Sasikala, who is now serving a four-year jail term in a prison, near Bengaluru, is said to be getting VIP treatment in the jail. Abnormal facilities are being provided her in the prison, resembling home environment.
She has been provided VIP facilities in jail, including five rooms, a private cook and unrestricted access to visitors. The 59-year-old is currently serving a four-year jail term after being convicted in disproportionate asset case.
RTI activist Narasimha Murthy, who had filed the query, said that rules were violated to allow Sasikala enjoy VIP facilities at the Parappana Agrahara Central Jail.Murthy said that women convicts, who were staying in four of the rooms, were “sent out” and all five rooms were given to V K Sasikala when she reached the jail on till February 14, 2017.
There is no provision for cooking food in the prison but jail authorities deputed one convict to cook for Sasikala. Systems in place were ignored. People used to come in groups, go to her room directly and stay for 3-4 hours. Rules were violated.
Two years ago, D Roopa, then Deputy Inspector General, Prisons, had first flagged in 2017, that Sasikala and her associates were getting special treatment in jail like separate kitchen, extra rooms and extended visiting hours. Roopa has also suspected the role of the then Director General and her boss, HS Satyanarayan Rao, who had called her allegations “wild and baseless”.
In her letter to the higher officials, Ms Roopa had written that Sasikala was being given VIP treatment for a bribe of Rs. 2 crore. The government had appointed Retired IAS Officer Vinay Kumar to head a panel to probe the allegations.
The Vinay Kumar Committee report, which is now out, says that rules were broken and Sasikala and her aides were allowed to cook in their cells among other facilities. However, earlier Siddaramaiah government and also the present Kumaraswamy government remain silent on Vinay Kumar committee report and Sasikala continue enjoying all such abnormal facilities in the jail.