- Sasikala, convicted of corruption, slept on the floor of a 10x8 cell
- She began her four-year prison term on Wednesday
- She has requested a judge for a Class 1 cell, citing health reasons
"Chinnamma could not sleep well and was restless as she had to sleep on the floor in a 10x8 feet ordinary cell in the women's barracks after jail officials denied her request for a mattress," news agency IANS quoted AIADMK's Karnataka unit Secretary, V Pugazhendhi, as saying.
This morning, she woke at 5 am, did yoga, read newspapers and walked in the barracks for a while. She had lemon rice for breakfast and a "frugal meal" of sambar rice for lunch, Mr Pugazhendi said.
The 61-year-old, whose run for the Chief Minister's post had been brought to a stop by the guilty verdict of the Supreme Court, began a four-year prison term yesterday after being convicted in a corruption case. The jail is the same one where Ms Sasikala had spent three weeks in 2014 along with former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Both of them were held guilty of possessing assets worth 60 crores - far beyond their known sources of income.
Moments after walking into the Parappana Agrahara Central Jail in a rust sari last evening, Ms Sasikala asked a judge for a Class 1 cell citing health problems like diabetes. Such cells come with a private television, home-cooked food and non-vegetarian meals twice a week. Doctors will decide today whether she will be provided a cot.
"When Saskiala's sister-in-law and co-convict Elavarasi cajoled her to have food in view of her weak health, she took rice with sambar and butter milk," IANS quoted a jail source as saying.
Reports suggest that Ms Sasikala has been assigned the task of candle-making in jail, but officials say it is too early.