VK Sasikala released after serving four-year prison term in disproportionate assets case

The formalities for her release were done at the Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru, where she is undergoing treatment for COVID-19, which she had contracted a week ago

Press Trust of India January 27, 2021 14:25:38 IST
VK Sasikala released after serving four-year prison term in disproportionate assets case

File image of expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala. PTI

Bengaluru: Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala was released on Wednesday after serving four years imprisonment in a corruption case at a prison in Bengaluru.

The formalities for her release were done at the state-run Victoria Hospital, where she is undergoing treatment for COVID-19 , which she had contracted a week ago, along with her sister-in-law J Ilavarasi.

"Yes, she has been formally released," Parappana Agrahara Jail Superintendent V Sheshamurthy told PTI.

According to hospital sources, prison officials sporting PPE kits completed the formalities inside the COVID-19 ward of
the hospital.

However, she would remain at the Victoria hospital for another three days as mandated under the COVID-19 protocol, though she is now asymptomatic and her symptoms have reduced.

"As per protocol, she will be discharged on 10th day (30 January) if she is asymptomatic and free for oxygen support for at least three days," the hospital said in an official bulletin.

A large number of supporters of the 66-year-old close aide of former Tamil Nadu chief minister late J Jayalalithaa lined up outside the Victoria Hospital, raised slogans in her favour and distributed sweets in celebration.

Independent legislator TTV Dhinakaran, Sasikala's nephew and founder of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK)
visited the hospital after she was released by jail officials.

Sasikala was in prison since February 2017 along with Ilavarasi and late Jayalalithaa's foster son VN Sudhakaran in
connection with the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case.

Sasikala was charged with hatching a criminal conspiracy with Jayalalithaa, with whom she was closely associated, and
amassing wealth disproportionate to the known source of her income.

The 27 September, 2014, order of the Special Court awarding imprisonment and fine of Rs 10 crore each, was upheld by the Supreme Court on 14 February, 2017.

Sasikala, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran had held huge properties in their names to the tune of crores of rupees from July 1991 to April 1996, though they did not have such a source of income.

While Sudhakaran was freed a month ago, Ilavarasi will be released in the first week of February.

Sasikala's release from prison comes close to Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, due in April-May this year.

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