After RK Nagar bypoll win, Dhinakaran meets 'silent' aunt Sasikala in jail

The meeting lasted for about half an hour at the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison in Bengaluru.

After RK Nagar bypoll win, Dhinakaran meets 'silent' aunt Sasikala in jail

BENGALURU: Upbeat after his victory in the recent RK Nagar by-poll, AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran visited the central prison in Bengaluru on Thursday to meet his aunt and sidelined party leader VK Sasikala.

The meeting lasted for about half an hour at the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison. 

However, during the entire meeting, Sasikala chose to stay silent and did not speak a word as she is observing a 'maun vrat' (vow of silence). 

AIADMK state secretary V Pugazhendhi confirmed the news and said that she will continue to observe the silence till sometime in January.

Sasikala has been maintaining silence as a tribute to late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, ever since her death anniversary on December 5, Pugazhendhi said.

A confidante of late Jayalalithaa, Sasikala is serving a four-year sentence in the central jail on the city's outskirts since February 15, after the Supreme Court on February 14 upheld her conviction in a corruption case by a trial court here in September 2015.

Although Jayalalithaa was also convicted in the multi-crore disproportionate assets case as the main accused, she passed away on December 5, 2016, at a private hospital in Chennai.

The late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister was also in the same jail here for three weeks from September 26 to October 20, 2015, but was released on conditional bail by the top court.

Sasikala's co-convicts and relatives Elavarasi and VN Sudhakaran are also currently serving the sentence in the same jail after they were held guilty in the Rs. 64-crore disproportionate assets case of Jayalalithaa.

Dhinakaran, 54, was meeting Sasikala, 60, for the first time after his victory in the by-election. He had defeated his AIADMK rival E Madhusudhanan by a margin of 40,707 votes on Sunday.