Chennai, Sep 30 (): Jayalalithaa is likely to be shifted to a prison in Chennai in view of her bail application being heard only on Monday.
IG Prisons of Tamil Nadu might file an application with his counterpart of Karnataka Police to transfer Jayalalithaa on two grounds that the offence was committed in Tamil Nadu and that she is a resident of Chennai.
As per prison rules, transfer of convicts does take place on request of the convicts and it does not require court permission. Once the court passes the conviction order, implementation of the sentence is with the police department.
Sources said that Jayalalithaa might be lodged in a special place within or outside prison which is designated by IG Prison as ‘prison’. Karnataka might not raise any objection as it might look that it was playing politics with the issue.
As of date, Jayalalithaa is continuing to eat food cooked by her personal cook and stays along with her aides Sasikala and Ilavarasi in a special hospital ward. Yesterday, she watched the swearing-in ceremony of O Panneerselvam through a TV channel. Newspaper reading and morning walks continue. She mostly relies on fruits and bread for her meal.
Bangalore City Police Commissioner told the media not to set off rumours that Jayalalithaa’s health condition was bad and that two hospitals were told to be keep ward ready for any emergency. Kannada channels had been flashing this news.
Police said that when a VVIP was in the city, normal procedure is to keep an emergency ward ready in two hospitals. Prison doctors have been keeping a close eye on Jayalalithaa’s health.
Karnataka has not appointed any counsel and advocate Bhavani Singh who was said to be the state prosecutor pleaded ignorance and said that he came to know of it through a newspaper.
AIADMK ‘s legal cell is camping in Bangalore. Tamil Nadu film fraternity today observed a shut down and a one day fast in Chepauk guest house; small screen actors also joined the fast.