Sasikala video submitted as proof for allowed to leave prison

Saul Bowman
August 22, 2017

Recently, in a reply to an RTI, it was revealed that Sasikala's visitors were allowed to meet her even after 5 pm which is the deadline to meet a prisoner.

And that she had bribed higher-ups for the special treatment. In the letter, he alleged that Sasikala was allowed to wear civilian clothes inside the prison, a auto was given to her to leave the jail premises and also arrangements were made for a burqa to cover her identity.

The CCTV footage shows Sasikala and Ilavarasi entering the prison from the main gate in the presence of male guards. In the report, she alleged that Rs 2 crore had been paid to provide special treatment to tainted AIADMK (Amma) leader V K Sasikala housed in the jail.

"Shri HN Sathyanarayana Rao has (been) abusing his position as DGP (Prisons) and with an ulterior motive, he has allowed Smt VK Sasikala and Smt Elavarasi to go scot free out of the said Central Prison for shopping at MG Road, Jayanagar Shopping Complex and Commercial Street at Bengaluru, after wearing a "Burka" attire to appear like a Muslim woman", said Manickam in the letter. The video also shows R Anita, who was earlier in-charge chief superintendent of the Central Prison, walking into the prison before the two inmates.

"Like you, we also saw the video grab on Sasikala walking into the jail premises from outside with a plastic bag in hand".

Meanwhile, DG Prisons NS Megharikh told a section of the media on Monday that he was not aware of the footage. "It would be a breach of protocol to say anything conclusively when the probe is not over", retired IAS officer Vinay Kumar, who is heading the probe.

The footage was submitted by ex-DIG (Prisons) D Roopa on August 19 as part of her statement to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in support of her allegations that Sasikala was being given preferential treatment in the prison.

DIG Roopa was summoned by the ACB on July 31. On Saturday she submitted her answers in writing along with photographs and video footage.

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