VK Sasikala, the live-in aide of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, is enjoying many privileges in Central Prison, Bengaluru, an RTI inquiry has found.
Sasikala was given a four-year term in a disproportionate assets case in February 2017.
The inquiry revealed Sasikala has a private cook, a kitchen space and has been given five rooms. She also meets a stream of visitors.
Backstory: Why is Sasikala in prison?
The case for which Sasikala is in prison dates back to 1990s and pertains to Jayalalithaa's first term as Chief Minister.
Sasikala was found guilty of conspiring with Jayalalithaa to accumulate a fortune of real estate, cash, and jewelry.
Along with Sasikala, Sudhakaran (Jayalalithaa's disowned foster son) and Elavarasi (Sasikala's brother's widow) were also found guilty.
Notably, Sasikala has been barred from contesting elections for 10 years.
Probe revealed rooms were vacated for Sasikala
The query, filed by RTI activist Narasimha Murthy, revealed damaging information.
Sasikala was entitled to just one room but when she reached the prison on February 14, 2017, inmates of adjoining four rooms were moved out.
A convict named Ajantha became Sasikala's private cook.
Moreover, there wasn't any cap on visitors. They directly went to Sasikala's room and stayed there for 3-4 hours.
Several rules were broken for Sasikala
RTI activist Narasimha Murthy: There's no provision for cooking food in prison but jail authorities deputed one convict to cook for Sasikala. In her case, system was ignored. People used to come in groups, go to her room directly stay for 3-4 hrs. There was violation of rules. https://t.co/jYjeRbMyOj