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VK Sasikala out on 5-day emergency parole


A jailed top woman politician of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK party was Friday granted parole to visit her ailing husband.

Speaking to Puthiya Thalaimurai, Sasikala and TTV Dhinakaran supporter, and AIADMK's Karnataka unit leader Pugazhendi said that Sasikala will mostly travel to Chennai by vehicle, once she comes out of prison.

According to the conditions, Sasikala is allowed only to visit the hospital where her husband is admitted and stay at her house in Chennai.

Sidelined AIADMK leader VK Sasikala was on Friday reportedly granted five-day parole by Karnataka jail authorities.

A "No Objection Certificate" (NOC) from Tamil Nadu Police on Sasikala parole application was received by Karnataka Prisons Departent.

Sasikala had been in prison since the Supreme Court convicted her in the disproportionate assets case in February 2017.

The Parappana Agrahara prison here granted her parole from October 6 to 11 with a set of stiff conditions restricting her movements outside the jail.

The sidelined leader, at the end of her nearly seven-hour long road trip from Bengaluru, arrived at the T Nagar residence of Krishna Priya, daughter of her relative Ilavarasi, in Chennai tonight with her supporters according her a grand welcome.

Sasikala's parole conditions are that she can not meet with anyone in Chennai and has to live at the home of a relative.

Notably, her husband, 74-year-old M. Natarajan, a chronic liver disease patient, underwent dual organ transplant surgery that lasted over seven hours.

On October 3 also, Sasikala had applied for the parole but it was rejected on the grounds of insufficient documents. But the homecoming would have been a disappointing sight for the former AIADMK chief, as only about 500 people had gathered to receive her. She is also instructed to contact the jurisdictional police in case of any emergency.

Around 100 supporters of Sasikala gathered outside the jail premises.

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