Sasikala has written to the chief superintendent of Bangalore prison not to entertain third party applications under RTI related to her imprisonment details. This comes after an RTI was filed to know when she would be out of jail.
On February 14, 2017, VK Sasikala was convicted and sentenced to 4 years sentence in Bangalore Parapana Jail.
Sasikala, a close aide of the late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, is serving a four-year jail sentence in a disproportionate assets case. Her jail term ends in February 2021 but she may be released earlier if she manages to pay the fine imposed by the Supreme Court.
Her release has been keenly watched after BJP showed interest in merging AMMK-AIADMK ahead of Tamil Nadu Assembly election approaching in 2021. Her nephew, Dhinakaran’s recent Delhi visit fanned the rumors that BJP may be mediating the merger as soon as Sasikala leaves jail.
Sasikala despite her imprisonment remains one of the most charismatic leaders in the Tamil Nadu politics which is rife with discord within the ranks of AIADMK. In March 2018, a faction of the AIADMK split to form the Amma Makkal Munnettra Kazagam (AMMK) under the leadership of TTV Dhinakaran and VK Sasikala.
Seeing her return as a catalyst for the merger, many political gurus have been speculating about her release date and the effect she will bring.