Sasikala does a memorial tour, takes dramatic vow, surrenders

With the Supreme Court refusing to consider her request for four weeks time to surrender before the trial court in Bengaluru, AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala returned to Parappana Agrahara Centra

Published: 16th February 2017 02:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th February 2017 09:45 AM   |  A+A-

AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala at Jayalalithaa's shrine at Marina Beach before leaving for Bengaluru court to surrender herself on Wednesday. (PTI)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI:With the Supreme Court refusing to consider her request for four weeks time to surrender before the trial court in Bengaluru, AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala returned to Parappana Agrahara Central Prison to serve the prison term that she had managed to delay for over two years. Appearing for Sasikala before a Supreme Court bench, that comprised Justice Pinaki Ghose who delivered the verdict on Tuesday, senior advocate KTS Tulsi sought time for her to surrender and wanted the petition to be heard urgently. But in no mood to entertain the plea, let alone give it an urgent hearing, Justice Ghose made it clear that the word “immediately” meant just that.

As that door remained tightly locked, Sasikala left for Bengaluru by road, but not before paying homage to her late leader, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. En route to Bengaluru, Sasikala went to Jaya’s memorial at Marina. There, surrounded by faithful and media personnel, she slammed her hand on the tomb, prostrated and prayed, which she repeated twice more, whispering all along.

The official social media handle of the party said she took a vow there, pledging to return from the crisis brought about by conspiracy and betrayal. Sasikala also visited party founder and former Chief Minister MG Ramachandran’s memorial at Ramapuram before heading to Bengaluru to surrender before the court. There, the counsel representing Sasikala and the other two co-accused, nephew VN Sudhakaran and J Ilavarasi requested Class A special status for them. However, Special Judge Ashwathanarayana asked them to serve sentence like other ordinary prisoners. When they cited health reasons, including diabetes, the court pointed out that there were doctors in the prison to look after them.

The judge also noted that as per the Supreme Court verdict, the trio should serve full sentence excluding the days they spent in jail while the case was pending before the courts. Sasikala was in jail for 35 days, while Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran had spent 22 days.



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