Bangalore: Is former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, J. Jayalalithaa, getting acquiesced to prison life? If a section of the jail staff is to be believed, Amma is behaving like any inmate of the Bangalore Central Jail where she is serving her prison sentence after being convicted in the disproportionate assets case by a special court.
For the first three days, Jayalalithaa was lodged in a ward of the hospital located inside the jail, as she complained of poor health. Now, she has been moved to the VVIP cell of the jail in the women’s barracks.
Her daily routine starts with an early morning walk followed by breakfast sent by her personal staff. She spends a better part of the day reading newspapers (Tamil and English) and watching TV along with her aides, Sasikala Natarajan and J. Illavarasai who are also serving their prison sentence in the same jail.
According to jail authorities, Jayalalitha has not placed any special requests or demands and has got used to the daily routine. “Madam (Jayalalithaa) is not getting any kind of special treatment. She is being treated like any other prisoner in our jail. She has not even sought a TV inside her cell. She has been polite with the jail staff,” said DIG (Prisons) P.M. Jaisimha.
According to him, Jayalalithaa made it very clear to him that she should be treated in accordance with the Karnataka Jail Manual. As she suffers from acute lower back pain, she was advised to sleep on an iron cot and the jail authorities provided the same to her.
As Jayalalithaa is serving a simple imprisonment, she has the liberty of wearing any garments (usually inmates have to be in white uniform issued by the jail).
She has tasted jail food and has often ordered milk, biscuits, brown bread and and chapatis whenever she is hungry. However, she has been permitted to get food cooked by her personal staff from outside.
The former CM has strictly instructed the jail authorities to not permit any politician or bureaucrat to meet her without prior permission. After taking oath as CM, O. Pannerselvam had to wait for more than a day to meet Jayalalithaa in the jail.