When she was shifted to jail hospital, Jayalalithaa reportedly insisted to get Sasikala there as the AIADMK chief claimed that only her friend knew her medical regimen and could administer it.
Ilavarasi, Sasikala's sister-in-law and another convict in the case, too joined them after she too complained of food poisoning. On the trio's demand, they were provided with plantains, lemons and papaya, said media reports.
Meanwhile, another media report claimed that Jayalalithaa refused to take jail food -- chapattis and ragi balls. Instead, she had been eating fruit, bread and milk.
Media reports also quoted sources as saying, "Jayalalithaa was given the option of either working in the tailoring section or cutting vegetables or rolling incense sticks during her incarceration, according to the Karnataka Jail Manual, but she is yet to make her choice. He added that she can seek exemption from such labour on health and age grounds."
Jayalalithaa, Sasikala, Ilavarasi and Jayalalithaa's disowned son Sudhakaran were convicted in a 18-year-old case. All four have been convicted of accumulating Rs 66.6 crore wealth disproportionate to known sources of her income from 1991-96 in Jayalalithaa's first term as Chief Minister. All of them have been sentenced to jail for 4 years. Jayalalithaa has been imposed a fine of Rs 100 crore.