Tamilnadu:Sasikala gives jail rules a break, meets visitors 12 times a month

If it is V.K. Sasikala, there should be something extraordinary. Going by the number of visitors she is getting at her new abode, the Parappana Agrahara jail here, she is still in control. She had met visitors 12 times a month, in violation of prison rules.

She was jailed following her conviction in the disproportionate assets case.

According to information made available by the Central Prison in response to a Right to Information (RTI) query, Sasikala met the visitors between February 16 and March 18.

Her relatives and co­convicts in the case, Elavarasi and V.N. Sudhakaran, met visitors four times and once respectively during the said period. Among Sasikala’s visitors were lawyers, her nephews T.T.V. Dinakaran and Vivek J., and Lok Sabha deputy speaker Thambidurai. Activist Narasimha Murthy, who had filed the RTI application, said this violated jail rules.

Under­trials and convicts are entitled to meet visitors as per the Karnataka Prison Manual and Karnataka Prison Rules.

The rules state that under­trial prisoners are eligible for one such meeting a week with their relatives, friends and lawyers, while convicts are eligible to have visitors once in 15 days. While the jail authorities were unavailable for comment, reports quoting prison officials suggest that the jailer can use discretion in this regard.

On February 15, Sasikala was sent to jail after she surrendered before a trial court here, a day after the Supreme Court restored her conviction in the disproportionate assets case.

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