Political scuffle continues in the state of Tamil Nadu. VK Sasikala one of the close aide of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and a criminal in the Tamil Nadu disproportionate assets case is expected to be freed from the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison in Bengaluru on January 27, 2021. This information has come to notice through a Right To Information (RTI) response given by the central prison jurisdiction based on a inquiry by a Bengaluru lawyer and activist, Narasimha Murthy. However, it may be deferred by a year, to February 2022, if Sasikala decides to not pay the in-default fine as ordered by the court.
Further, the date may also vary if Sasikala prefers to apply for additional parole. It may be revived that the Supreme Court of India directed the Karnataka High Court in February 2017 and sentenced Sasikala, and other co-accused were awarded four years' confinement and a fine of Rs 10 crore. Earlier in September, speaking with a leading daily, Sasikala’s lawyer Raja Senthura Pandian had said that they were expecting an early release by end of September or early October 2020 on account of her good behavior, despite her intentness in the special treatment contention.
IPS officer D Roopa, who was then posted as the Director-General of Prisons, had discovered massive holes where high-profile prisoners like Sasikala enjoyed special privileges at the direction of jail officials. As reported by a leading daily in January 2019, the Vinay Kumar Commission designated by then Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had approved Roopa’s findings of multiple irregularities.