Shocking...Sasikala escapes from jail?

New Delhi: The footage of a video submitted by former DIG (Prisons) Roopa, who was the first one to raise her voice against the special status and facilities to the AIADMK chief Sasikala, is sure to ring in more trouble for some senior police officers of the state and for Sasikala herself. The video shows that Sasikala is walking into the jail in salwar-kameez with a suitcase. The video has been submitted as evidence to Anti Corruption Bureau.

DIG Roopa was transferred from the prisons to the traffic for daring to expose the politician and in the process stepping on toes of some senior police officers and other bureaucrats as well. 

The video clearly suggests she is re-entering jail in civilian clothes as other jail officials stand watching her. DIG Roopa had alleged that Sasikla had paid Rs 2 crore for getting special facilities in the jail. When she was summoned by the ACB Roopa submitted the video and other details as a proof thus vindicating her stand.  In a major drama that unfolded after the prolonged illness and subsequent death of J Jayalalitha, Sasikala was all set to become the chief minister of Tamil Nadu before her move and ambitions were checked by the Supreme Court  which awarded her four-years-imprisonment. Though in prison Sasikala was given special treatment and was getting special meals, could leave prison every now and then, and had access to a cell kitted out with a flat-screen TV and other facilities.

The expected merger of AIADMK factions led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and rebel leader O Panneerselvam is likely to fructify today.

Palaniswami and Panneerselvam are likely to arrive at the party headquarters here by noon and formalise the merger deal, party sources indicated.

Ahead of the formalisation of the deal, the Palaniswami camp is likely to make an announcement in respect of party chief V K Sasikala since the Panneerselvam faction is firm on a 'formal expulsion' of the jailed leader.

In a resolution on August 10, the chief minister's camp had already delegitimised Deputy general Secretary and Sasikala's nephew TTV Dhinakaran setting the stage for a merger.

Though the merger appears imminent, the faction led by Dhinakaran yesterday had flayed the merger attempt as a drama.

The deputy general secretary's faction said their leader "has the ability to put a full stop" to whatever decision that could be taken related to a merger.

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