If Ms Jayalalithaa can get an acquittal in a higher court, she will still have a chance of making a comeback:
If she fails, it may prove difficult to remote control the party for 10 years.
By Imran Gowhar
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who has been convicted in the disproportionate assets case, has been allotted the VVIP Cell number 23 in the Central Prison at Parappana Agrahara. She has been given prisoner number 7402.
Sources said the cell is located next to the women’s barrack. Jail authorities said the occupant was entitled to a bed, fan and separate bathroom facility. Ms Jayalalithaa was provided with a white sari as a convict.
Her dinner included a Ragi ball, 200 grams of rice and two chapathis. However, she refused dinner and sought fruits instead.
Others convicted in the case Sasikala, Ilavarsi and Sudhakaran were given prisoner numbers 7403 and 7404 and 7405 respectively. While Sasikala and Ilavarasi were assigned a cell, where Subha, convicted in the murder of a software engineer, is lodged, Sudhakaran was put up in a VIP cell next to former Karnataka Tourism Minister and mining baron G Janardhana Reddy, the officials said.
Sources said that Ms. Jayalalitha was subjected to medical examination in the prison premises as part of admission procedure. She was also explained the procedure of the prison rules. Since Ms. Jayalalitha complained of multiple ailments the prison authorities have assured necessary medical help.
Sources said that Ms Jayalalithaa will be the first occupant of the VVIP cell in the high security Central Prison. The Central Prison has two VVIP prisons cells that are categorised as high security zones while the prison also has five VIP cells that have been used to lodge former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, former Ministers, G. Janardhan Reddy and S.N. Krishnaiah Setty.