Why did Sasikala Natarajan walk to Bengaluru central jail?

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Sasikala Natarajan, convicted in a 66 crore disproportionate assets case and asked to pay a fine of Rs 10 crore told Bengaluru police that 'she was no petty thief'. A video of Sasikala Natarajan walking into the Parappana Agrahara central jail on February 15 had created a flutter on social media. When asked by a policeman to sit in the police jeep that would take her to the prison, Sasikala refused to 'sit in a police jeep like a petty thief'.

Sasikala Natarajan

On February 14, the Supreme Court convicted Sasikala and on February 15, she surrendered before a court in Parappana Agrahara. Even as she expected to be treated as a VIP prisoner the court refused to extend any special privileges. Sasikala who was hoping that she would get the treatment extended to Jayalalithaa when they were lodged previously in the same jail premises was evidently angered and frustrated at being denied VIP prisoner status.

As she walked out of the court premise, policemen offered to take her at the jail gates in the police jeep but she refused. She chose to walk the distance and was caught on camera as she walked into the jail to serve her 4 years imprisonment. Even after entering her cell, Sasikala Natarajan was given a blanket instead of a cot, a plate for jail cooked food and two sets of prisoner's uniform.

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