BENGALURU: As Prisons Department officials were busy processing the parole application of AIADMK leader Sasikala, family members who had come to visit other inmates had to wait outisde the prison for several hours. Sasikala’s followers who arrived at the prison from Tamil Nadu were said to have been waiting since 11am till 3pm when Sasikala finally left the prison. People who had come from Magadi, BTM Layout and other places to meet meet their family members or relatives lodged in the jail waited for over four hours till Sasikala’s parole proceedings were completed.
Fathima, a resident of Magadi, said, “I’m usually allowed to meet my husband before 12pm. Due to Sasikala’s parole proceedings, jail officials asked me to wait till 3pm. So I along with two others waited for more than four hours.” She said several people waiting outside the prison did not even have lunch. Sasikala was granted five-day emergency parole apart from two days for travel to Chennai. A senior officer of the Prisons Department said that she had demanded 15 days parole. The legal cell in the prison verified her plea and sent the documents to authorities in Tamil Nadu government for verification following which the parole was granted.
After being released, Sasikala came to Chennai by road, heading straight to her sister-in-law and co-convict Ilavarasi’s daughter Vishnupriya’s home in T Nagar. She would stay there for the next five days, except the time she visits husband Natarajan who is recuperating after a liverkidney transplant at Global Hospital in Perumbakkam.