AIADMK leader V K Sasikala, serving a four-year jail term in central prison Parappana Agahara after being convicted in a disproportionate assets, has met 28 visitors on 14 occasions in 31 days in blatant violation of rules, according to documents accessed.
According to the Karnataka Prison Manual (KPM) and the Karnataka Prison Rules (KPR), a convict is eligible for interviews only once in 15 days with friends, relatives and advocates at the prison complex under the watchful eye of a prison official. But this has not been followed with Convict No 9234, Sasikala.
She had 28 visitors from February 16 to March 18 and each person spent over 40 minutes with her, some on multiple occasions. Prison sources said it's violation of prison rules and was sanctioned by higher-ups. Visitors were allowed to talk to her in a special area, often in private, they said
Among her visitors were AIADMK's deputy general secretary and Chennai's R K Nagar bypoll candidate TTV Dhinakaran, deputy speaker of Lok Sabha M Thambidurai, several party bigwigs and an MLC from Andhra Pradesh.
Prison records show that Dinakaran met his aunt Sasikala on two occasions (February 20 and March 8) and each interaction lasted over 45 minutes. Kith and kin of regular convict are granted not more than 10 minutes at a crowded point and behind bars. But many relatives of Sasikala, including nephews Vivek Jayaraman and K. Karthikeyan, as well as her advocates have met her with ease, sources said.