In prison, Jayalalithaa never complained; spoke in Kannada: Jail officials

In prison, Jayalalithaa never complained; spoke in Kannada: Jail officials

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-12-08 11:30 Bengaluru: Silent, calm, co-operative, and dignified is how the Parappana Agrahara prison authorities remember the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa during her two-week stay at the prison.Special court judge John Michael D’Cunha had sentenced Jayalalithaa to four years simple imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 100 crore for allegedly amassing wealth disproportionate to her known sources of income.Following the development, party members of the AIADMK immediately held a meeting and appointed O Panneer Selvan as the chief minister, while Amma, her accomplice Sasikala, Elavarasi and Sudhakaran were sent to prison. All three were convicted under Sections 13 (2) and 13 (1) (e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988. Jayalalithaa Sasikala and Elavarasi were housed in the same cell in the prison. Despite the misfortune, jail authorities said that Jayalalithaa retained her composure and behaved normally.“She neither complained unlike a few VVIPs, who demand too many facilities,” said a jail official.  “She was given rice and she preferred curd rice, which was in fact given to all the inmates. The only thing she demanded was brown bread as breakfast. Though the prison supplies normal bread, she was allowed to get brown bread from outside on health grounds. She had too many health complications. This was all done as per the prison manual.”Sources said that Jayalalithaa walked regularly, read and seldom spoke to people except a warden by name Lakshmikanth. “She was fluent in Kannada, English and Tamil. She spoke in Kannada,” sources said.Jail authorities said that Jayalalithaa never spoke to prison doctors directly, choosing instead Sasikala or Elavarasi to speak on her behalf. “They were the ones who would brief prison doctors about her health condition,” said an official source.