Ousted AIADMK leader VK Sasikala, who is serving a jail term in Bengaluru after being convicted in a disproportionate assets case, has written to the chief superintendent of the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison, where she is lodged, requesting that any information to regarding her release should not be disclosed to any third parties.
Sasikala said letting out the details would be an invasion of her right to privacy and cited precedents where information about prisoners’ release was not revealed by the Tihar prison in Delhi.
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The fact that Sasikala had written such a letter came to light on Thursday in response to an RTI petition filed by lawyer Narasimha Murthy. He request for information was rejected citing the letter. The letter was apparently prepared on the basis of Sasikala’s oral instruction given in March. It was, however, submitted to the prison authorities only after they gave details of the her probable release date in response to another RTI request filed by Murthy.
In the letter, she claimed that third parties file such applications for certain reasons such as gaining publicity, seeking political vendetta, etc. Citing a precedent, she said when an application sought information under RTI Act about Ved Prakash Arvyas, a prisoner in the Thiar jail, the public information officer did not provide the details saying revealing the information was barred under section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act.
She said that no application from any third party under the RTI Act seeking infoirmation related to her imprisonment, date of release and other details should be entertained.
According to a previous RTI reply from the prison, Sasikala’s probable date of release is January 27, 2021, if she pays the fine. It would get deferred to February 2022 if she does not pay the fine.
The details of her letter to the prison officials have come out at a time when there are speculations that she would walk free much before the probable release date if the talks over merging the rebel faction led by her with the AIADMK turns fruitful.