Sasikala writes to prison authorities, says don’t reveal release date

Letting out the details would be an invasion of her right to privacy and there were precedents from Tihar jail of officials not revealing details about prisoners' release, she said in the letter

Sasikala, lodged at the Parappana Agrahara prison in Chennai, is expected to come out on January 27, 2021, after she deposited Rs 10 crore fine at a special court.

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.


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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.

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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.