CCTV footage shows Sasikala entering jail in civilian clothes, alleges D Roopa

Sasikala can walk in and out of jail at will

Sasikala seen entering the Bengaluru prison in plainclothes along with her sister-in-law. Screengrab

Former DIG of Prisons D Roopa submitted CCTV video footage as part of her statement to the Anti-Corruption Bureau.

A month after senior officials confirmed that special privileges were being provided to AIADMK leader Sasikala who is now serving 4 jail term in the disproportionate assets case, a video has emerged that shows the politician entering the jail with a bag.

Officials of Central Jail, Parappana Agrahara, said video footage showing convicts V K Sasikala and Ilavarasi walking around in the prison was being used wrongly to project she had been allowed to go out of prison.

It, however, does not throw light on when it was recorded or which part of the jail it is from.

The end of the political career of Sasikala Natarajan - aka VK Sasikala, the close aide of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who had been christened Chinnamma after her mentor was called Amma - seems to be near.

Sasikala has been in prison since she was convicted in a disproportionate assets case.

The CCTV footage shows Sasikala and Ilavarasi entering the prison from the main gate in the presence of male guards.

Roopa, who appeared before the ACB, was given a questionnaire and she had written response to it.

Soon after the submission of report she was transferred to traffic department in the capital of Karnataka. When contacted by PTI, Roopa confirmed that she had given evidence to the ACB on 19 August.

The state government has cancelled its earlier order posting an IPS officer as Chief Superintendent of Prisons of the Bengaluru Central Jail.

Police sources said that the women police officer, who had given a detailed report on the irregularities in the Central Prison to the then DGP of Prisons H.N. Sathyanarayana Rao received summons from the ACB on July 31. "Once the commission submits the report, we will know what exactly happened in the prison". On Saturday she submitted her answers in writing along with photographs and video footage.

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