There is tight security around the cell in which Convicted AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan is lodged. Based on an intelligence report that she could be attacked in jail, 10 women constables have been deployed to guard her. Officers suspect that there are some prisoners in the central jail who hail from Tamil Nadu who could try and attack her. However, officials do not rule out the possibility of an attack being stage-managed like was seen on Wednesday when she arrived at the court.
When Jayalalithaa was present at the central jail in 2014, security was tight. But in her case, she has Z+ security as she was the chief minister at the time of her conviction. Sasikala's has no such security and then responsibility of security rests with her bodyguards.
However, there is no entry for her bodyguards in jail and so the state will have to provide her security. If there is an attack on her inside the jail, then she could cite lack of security in Karnataka and seek a transfer to a prison in Tamil Nadu.
Sources say that Sasikala will sooner or later file an application seeking a transfer to a jail in Tamil Nadu, her home state. Since the trial against her in the disproportionate assets case was fought in Karnataka, the law mandates that she is jailed in the state. There are provisions in the jail manual which permits her to be transferred, but that would be granted only if the reasons are valid and very strong.