For former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa's once 'foster' and later 'disowned' son Sudhakaran the jail stint is not a first. After being convicted along with jailed AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan and Ilavarasi in the disproportionate assets case, he surrendered before a special court on February 15 in Bengaluru following which he has been lodged in jail.
Sudhakaran upon his entry into jail in February had thrown tantrums with the jail authorities as he was unhappy with the food. It may be recalled that he had spent some time in jail in Tamil Nadu after being booked in a narcotics case. He was charged with prohibited substance abuse. He was however acquitted of all charges in 2013.
Jail authorities in Bengaluru informed OneIndia that he was difficult to handle at first. He would throw tantrums about the quality of food. His primary demand was that he be given home-cooked food. This was refused outright by the jail staff.
His demand to allow meeting with his fans and relatives was allowed on the conditions that the rules as per the jail manual are followed. The manual states that only two visits are allowed per week.
Officials say that he, like Sasikala, has not been given any special facilities. "He is lodged in a cell with another inmate. He spends his day talking to the rest of the prisoners. He has not taken up any work in jail," officials also point out. "It is not mandatory that he take up any work since he is serving simple imprisonment," the jail officials also point out.
He was a difficult person to handle for the jail staff in the initial days. He had even shouted at the jail staff, but was warned. "His behaviour is now normal," officials say and he has got used to the routine. He reads the newspaper, watches television in the dormitory and spends most of his time talking to the rest of the cellmates.
Officials also say that he has not made any transfer application to a jail in Chennai. There is no special request for additional facilities either. He has however not indicated when the fine of Rs 10 crore would be paid. If he does not pay the fine amount then he would have to serve an additional 13 months in jail apart from the 4-year sentence handed out by the Supreme Court.