Jayalalithaa initially was taken to a hospital where she underwent a medical check-up as she complained of uneasiness. Though the judge initially refused to entertain Jayalalithaa's request to shift her to a private hospital, he also firmly told her that she was a convict and the jail manual must be followed.
She was told she would be examined by doctors in the jail hospital and if they felt she should be examined or taken to a hospital outside the jail, her request would be considered. Jayalalithaa's lawyers argued she was a VIP and faced a life threat, but none of their arguments cut ice.
According to sources, Jayalalithaa had refused to have lunch on Saturday afternoon when the verdict was pronounced. Later she drank a few glasses of water only.
She was served ragi (malt) ball, plain rice, sambar and curd rice with pickle
Later she was served ragi (malt) ball, plain rice, sambar and curd rice with pickle at dinner, informed a jail official. The AIADMK chief spent her first night at a special cell set up in the women's wing of the prison, with special guards posted for her security round the clock.
Ministers and legislators from Tamil Nadu who met Jayalalithaa in jail, informed that she has been suffering from acute pain in the knee, chest and stomach; she is also a diabetic.
Jayalalithaa, who is popularly known as Jaya or Amma (mother), has been sent to jail for years and has been imposed a fine of Rs 100 crore over her conviction in disproportionate asset (DA) case. Jayalalithaa and her three aides were found guilty of accumulating Rs 66 crore wealth disproportionate to known sources of her income from 1991-96 in Jayalalithaa's first term as Chief Minister.