Ahead of Release from Jail, VK Sasikala’s Assets Worth 1,500 Crore Seized

Chennai: Three months to go for the release of VK Sasikala the aide of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa from jail, her assets to the tune of Rs 1,500 crore has been frozen by the Income Tax department. The assets are located in the Kodanad and Siruthavur areas of Tamil Nadu, the department said.

Sasikala Natarajan who was jailed in 2017 in a disproportionate assets case may be released from Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara jail by the end of January, ahead of Tamil Nadu state elections in May 2021.In reply to a query under the Right to Information Act, the Central prison authorities have reportedly said Sasikala would be released on January 27 subject to payment of 10 crore and 10 lakh rupees as fine.

Her lawyer Rajasenthur Pandian, though, hopes she would be out as early as October 27. “Every prisoner is eligible 3 days of remission for every month for good behaviour and this way, for the 43 months she has served so far, her term would be reduced by 129 days. There is no reason to deny her,” Mr Pandian told reporters.

Besides this, the Superintendent of Police or the Inspector General can remit 30 or 60 days respectively based on track record after two-thirds of the term is completed, he added.Sasikala was sent to prison in February 2017 in an assets case where the late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was the prime accused.

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