No Sasikala escapade: It's July 18 footage recycled

V. K. Sasikala Sasikala Natarajan

Sasikala NatarajanReuters

Then, another footage showed Sasikala accompanied by her sister-in-law Ilavarasi walking along the corridor of the Central jail.

Troubles for jailed All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary V.K. Sasikala don't seem to end as a video footage was submitted to the Anti-Corruption Bureaun (ACB) allegedly by ex-deputy inspector general of police (DIG) (Prisons) D. Roopa showing the former and her relative Ilavarasi, convicted by the Supreme Court in the disproportionate assets case, walking into the main entry area of the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison in civilian attire.

It, however, does not throw light on when it was recorded or which part of the jail it is from. Recently, in a reply to an RTI, it was revealed that Sasikala's visitors were allowed to meet her even after 5 pm which is the deadline to meet a prisoner.

The end of the political career of Sasikala Natarajan - aka VK Sasikala, the close aide of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who had been christened Chinnamma after her mentor was called Amma - seems to be near.

On the same context, post the leak, DIG Roopa has come out in defense of her report.

The latest CCTV footage that has now surfaced shows guards at the prison opening what appears to be the main gate as Sasikala, wearing a brown salwar and Ilavarasi dressed in a pink saree casually stroll into the prison.

D Roopa Sasikala
No Sasikala escapade: It's July 18 footage recycled

When contacted, Roopa said that she had given evidence to the ACB on August 19. The footage also shows Sasikala coming and going out of the Prison.

D Roopa was transferred after she made those accusations in July from a position that saw her supervising jails to handling road traffic in the capital of Karnataka.

Speaking to TNM, Megharikh, DG Prisons said, "I have not seen this video you are talking about". On 12 July, Roopa had accused Sasikala of having bribed the Karnataka Director General of Prisons (DGP) Satyanarayana Rao and Bengaluru central jail officials with Rs two crore for undue favours.

"Once the commission submits the report, we will know what exactly happened in the prison", he said.

The video was submitted as part of her statement.

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