Sasikala and Ilavarasi Face Legal Complications as Court Orders Arrest Warrants in Bribery Case

Sasikala and Ilavarasi Face Legal Complications as Court Orders Arrest Warrants in Bribery Case

A Bengaluru court has issued a Non-Bailable Warrant (NBW) for Sasikala Natarajan, the former general secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), and Ilavarasi. They had failed to appear in a case related to allegations of bribery aimed at securing luxury privileges at Parappana Agrahara jail.

Sasikala was previously convicted in a disproportionate assets case and sentenced to four years in prison, while Ilavarasi is the fourth accused in a similar case related to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

In 2019, a report from a one-man committee, retired IAS officer Vinay Kumar, substantiated allegations made by former DIG prisons D. Roopa. The report disclosed that VK Sasikala, a close aide of the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, received special treatment inside Parappana Agrahara Central Prison. According to the report, Sasikala and Ilavarasi had exclusive access to an entire block of five cells and their corridor. They were also observed to have had a significant number of visitors, which contravened prison regulations.

In June, Sasikala filed a petition in the high court seeking the dismissal of charges and proceedings against her in the bribery case regarding the alleged preferential treatment she received at Central Prison (Parappana Agrahara). She argued that the available evidence and statements did not constitute a cognizable offense. She also questioned the validity of the summons issued under section 204 of CrPC, asserting that the sessions judge had not formed an opinion before issuing it, relying solely on the actions of other accused individuals whose proceedings had been quashed.

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