Sasikala was released on bail by the Bengaluru court for alleged preferential treatment in prison

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The case concerns the alleged preferential treatment given to Sasikala during his stay at Bengaluru Central Jail in a disproportionate property case.

On Friday March 11, the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, VK Sasikala, assistant to the late J Jayalalithaa, and his sister-in-law J Ilavarasi, were released on bail by a special court dealing with anti-corruption cases. treatment meted out to them during their prison term at Bengaluru Central Jail while in custody in a disproportionate property case. The two were named in an indictment filed by the Anti-Corruption Bureau of Karnataka (ACB) in connection with the case.

Along with Sasikala and Ilavarasi, then Deputy Superintendent of Parappana Agrahara Central Jail in the city, as well as the prison security officer, also appeared before Special Judge K Lakshminarayana Bhat. Sasikala and Ilavarasi were ordered to pay bail of Rs 3 lakh and are due to appear in court again on April 16.

The then Chief Superintendent and Superintendent of Central Jail, who are also accused in the case, were granted a stay by the Karnataka High Court against the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) investigation, officials said. sources at PTI. The case concerns the alleged preferential treatment given to Sasikala during his stay in Bengaluru prison in a disproportionate property case.

In 2017, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Prison) D Roopa claimed that Sasikala was given preferential treatment and was allowed to wear civilian clothes instead of the clothes prescribed for prisoners. An investigation by a retired IAS officer on instructions from the state government revealed that a separate kitchen was functioning for her inside the prison.

The Karnataka government had sanctioned the prosecution of the accused on December 30, 2021, and the indictment was filed in the special court on January 7 this year. Sasikala served a four-year sentence in the disproportionate assets case. She was released from prison in January 2021.

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