Reports of preferential treatment to AIADMK general secretary VK Saskiala has been doing the rounds for quite some time now. Sources inside Karnataka's prison system have claimed that five cells near her were kept empty to ensure her privacy and a flat-screen television was provided in her cell. Further, she also had access to unused chambers of jail officials for meetings with visitors.
These details have emerged along with a video and photographs which show a 150 foot-long corridor which leads to Sasikala's cell which is barricaded off at both ends.
On Thursday, IPS officer D Roopa had alleged that Ms Sasikala had bribed senior jail officials with 2 crores for special treatment that included a kitchen that catered meals only for her.
However, Roopa lost her job as Deputy Inspector General of Prisons and now looks after traffic and road safety in Bengaluru. Ms Sasikala was jailed in Bengaluru in February after the Supreme Court convicted her of corruption in a case dating back to the 1990s during J Jayalalithaa's first term as Chief Minister. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has ordered an inquiry into the allegations of Ms Sasikala's exceptional treatment in prison.