Late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa’s close aide VK Sasikala has requested for reduction of sentence and early release from jail. Official sources have given this information. Sasikala is serving a four-year jail sentence in a disproportionate assets case.
Sasikala, who was lodged in Parapanna Agrahara Central Prison, is expected to be released on 27 January 2021 after paying a fine of Rs 10 crore in a special court in Bangalore. A source close to her said that she has appealed to reduce her sentence for early release. At the same time, the jail authorities have sent her request to the higher authorities.
A source said, “They have requested for reduction of the jail sentence and it has been sent to the head of the department for consideration.” But the officials have not decided on it yet. Earlier, Sasikala’s lawyer Raja Sentur Pandian had told that the amount of fine of Rs 10 crore has been deposited in the court of Bengaluru.
It is to be noted that Sasikala is considered closest to Late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for three decades. Earlier she used to do photography in Jayalalithaa’s events. After Jayalalithaa’s death on 31 December 2016, Sasikala became the general secretary of All India Anna DravidaMunnetraKazhagam. However, soon after the death of Jayalalithaa in 2016, who was the accused in a disproportionate assets case, Sasikala became the main accused. After the Supreme Court restored the trial court judgment against Sasikala and two of her close relatives in the disproportionate assets case, she surrendered before the court in Karnataka on February 15, 2017, and has been lodged in Parappana Agrahara Central Jail since then.
Her two relatives are also undergoing four years simple imprisonment and all three of them were penalised with a fine of ₹ 10 crores each.
It is also to be noted that the remission of around 120 days that Sasikala had acquired was fortified by the former jailer, over allegations of special benefits and for being irregular for work within the jail. “Presently, Sasikala has no remission in her account,” a prison official said.
As per Jail regulations, Convicts are eligible for three days of remission per month of good behaviour. “Remission is not a right, but a discretion of prison authorities. She has sought a review of an earlier decision where her remission was forfeited. A decision is pending on the application,” a senior prison official said.
Meanwhile, if she doesn’t avail any remission, Sasikala would complete her sentence on January 27, 2021. Sasikala has already paid ₹10 crores fine to a civil court in November 2020.