Four top AIADMK leaders -- former chief secretary and currently adviser to chief minister Sheela Balakrishnan, secretaries Venkataraman, Ramalingam and Sudalai Kannan rushed to Bangalore from Chennai by a private airliner on Sunday morning.
Initially, it was reported that the four leaders along with a few IAS officers from Tamil Nadu were not allowed to meet Jayalalithaa inside the jail. No prisoners can meet any outsider on Sunday without prior permission.
IAS officers from Tamil Nadu were not allowed to meet Jayalalithaa in jail
However, later it was confirmed that the AIADMK leaders succeeded to meet their supremo as they had special passes with them. Finally crossing all hurdles, close associates of Jayalalithaa met her inside the Bangalore central jail.
Details of the meeting was not immediately known. However, it seems that the top leaders of the party might have taken Jayalalithaa's advice and suggestion as the party leaders and ministers are expected to meet later in the day. Decision on the name of next Chief Minister might be taken after the meeting.
A special court in Bangalore on Saturday convicted and sentenced Jayalalithaa to undergo four years simple imprisonment and slapped a hefty fine of Rs 100 crore in a corruption case.
Jayalalithaa, aide Sasikala Natarajan, her son V N Sudhakaran and her niece Ilavarasi were also sentenced for four years. All four have been convictedof accumulating Rs 66 crore wealth disproportionate to known sources of her income from 1991-96 in Jayalalithaa's first term as Chief Minister.
According to sources, Jayalalithaa has been categorised as A Class prisoner. Hence, she would continue to enjoy food from outside jail and she can wear her own cloths and not jail outfits.