AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala, who is serving a jail term of four years after the Supreme Court convicted her in a disproportionate assets case, will have to serve 13 more months in prison if she fails to pay a fine of Rs 10 crore imposed by the top court.
"Sasikala Natarajan will have to pay Rs 10 crore and if she fails to pay the punitive amount imposed by the Supreme Court, she will have to serve 13 more months in the jail," Prisons Superintendent Krishna Kumar said in a statement.
The Supreme Court last week restored in toto the judgment and findings of a trial court in Bengaluru, which had initially held guilty all the accused, including Sasikala's two relatives, VN Sudhakaran and Elavarasi.
The trial court in 2014 had sentenced the then Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, Sasikala, Sudhakaran and Elavarasi to four years in prison. While the fine on Jayalalithaa was Rs 100 crore, the three other convicts had to pay Rs 10 crore each.
Since Jayalalithaa had passed away at the time of SC verdict, the court did not declare her a convict as the case against her had been abated.
The other three are serving their sentence at the Parapanna Agrahara prison here.
Sasikala will be in jail for three years and about 11 months, out of the four years sentence awarded by the trial court. She had earlier spent 21 days in Parappana Agrahara jail after conviction by the trial court in September 2014.
"The convicts--Sasikala, Illavarasi and Sudhakaran--are getting (the same) treatment in the jail as others are getting and they have not been given any special treatment," Kumar was quoted as saying by PTI.
For security reasons, Sasikala and Illavarasi have been lodged in the women's block and they are living in a small cell, Kumar said. Sudhakaran is lodged in the men's block, he said.
Food prepared in jail was being served to them and prison doctors were regularly conducting medical checkups and administering medicines to them, Kumar said.
They are allowed to watch television at a common place, he added.