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Sasikala returns! Granted 5-day parole to visit ailing husband

Sasikala returns! Granted 5-day parole to visit ailing husband

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader VK Sasikala was granted a five-day parole on Friday by authorities to meet her ailing husband, who recently underwent a dual organ transplant in Chennai.

Sasikala was sentenced to a jail term of four years, for disproportioning assets. Which means that once the five days are done and Sasikala returns to prison, it would be business as usual in Chennai.

The Parappana Agrahara prison here granted her parole from October 6 to 11 with a set of stiff conditions restricting her movements outside the jail.

Sasikala had, on October 2, applied for 15-day parole.

A 19-year-old daily wager suffering from severe head injuries was brought to the Gleneagles Global Health City (GGHC) Hospital in Chennai for "second opinion and specialised care" in an "air ambulance" on Monday night "against medical advice" of Thanjavur Government Medical College Hospital. Sasikala will not involve in any political or other public or party activities during her parole period as per court order. Though she is allowed to speak to her relatives, she is refrained from speaking anything to media. She even tried to become the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Those in AIADMK also concede that there is a world of difference between a call from Dinakaran and one from Sasikala, and attempts made by "Chinnamma" to woo back some of the loyalists-turned-enemy campers can not be ruled out.

During emergency parole, she can only visit the hospital in which her husband has been admitted and can stay at the address she has mentioned in the application.

Today the authorities granted a conditional bail for five days and she would leave for Chennai once she was released from the jail, official sources said. The former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was also one of the convicts.

A "No Objection Certificate" (NOC) from Tamil Nadu Police on Sasikala parole application was received by Karnataka Prisons Departent. "We haven't asked for permission for her to meet anyone else, and jail authorites also haven't said anything either".

Around 100 supporters of Sasikala gathered outside the jail premises.

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