Sasikala jailed in Bengaluru, her new identity: Prisoner number 3295
The AIADMK General Secretary, convicted in a disproportionate assets case by the Supreme Court, said her thoughts will continue to remain with the party even from inside the jail.
AIADMK general secretary Sasikala, sister-in-law Ilavarasi and VN Sudhakaranhave been reportedly sent to jail after they surrendered before a special court at the Parappana Agrahara jail complex in Bengaluru over the disproportionate assets case.
Bengaluru Central Prison has reportedly allotted prisoner number 3295 to Sasikala, while Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran received prisoner no 3296 and 3297 respectively.
Earlier, Sasikala reached Bengaluru jail after paying floral tributes at deceased party leader J. Jayalalithaa's memorial at Chennai's Marina Beach. At the memorial, she appeared defiant.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had told the AIADMK chief to surrender immediately rejecting her lawyer's appealed for more time.
Leaving her dream to become the Chief Minister just a dream, the apex court had on Tuesday ordered Sasikala be sent back to jail immediately to serve out the remaining 3 years, 10 months and 27 days of a four-year sentence for corruption. The AIADMK named TTV Dinakaran, Sasikala's nephew, as its new Deputy General Secretary.
Sasikala, who was convicted on Tuesday in a disproportionate assets case by the Supreme Court, said her thoughts will continue to remain with the party even from inside the jail.
Sasikala said: "Only I can be jailed, not the care or concern I have for this party. Wherever I will be, my thoughts will be here."
I will be thinking about the party round the clock, she added. She said the present case was "filed" by DMK and asked her party-men to strongly resist it.
Sasikala also claimed that she was happy in a way that Jayalalithaa was not alive to "face difficulties," although she said she was not bothered to undergo such problems.
Hours after her conviction on Wednesday, Sasikala spoke to party MLAs. She stressed the need for staying united and exuded confidence that Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao would invite her party to form the government.
Earlier, newly elected AIADMK legislature party leader Edappadi K Palanisami had met Rao and staked claim to form the government. "For me, to form a government, to set up Amma's memorial, you should remain united," she said.