Tamil Nadu politicians denied permission to meet Jayalalithaa

Leaders did not believe Jayalalithaa had refused to meet them & continued argument

Bengaluru: Several supporters, including some MPs and MLAs from Tamil Nadu, were not allowed by the police to meet jailed former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Monday. Around 10 MPs and MLAs along with their supporters had come near Parappana Agrahara Central Prison to meet ‘Amma’.

But the police stopped them, saying prior permission was required and a set of rules needed to be followed before meeting a convicted prisoner. The politicians argued with the policemen, and later a message was sent to Ms Jayalalithaa. But she told the prison officials that she did not want to meet anyone.

The leaders did not believe that Ms Jayalalithaa had refused to meet them and continued their argument. Senior officials from the prison department intervened and convinced the agitators by explaining that the rules had to be followed to visit a convict. “The jail staff will be in trouble if the visitors are allowed inside the prison. The court will take a serious action against the jail authorities,” the officers told the protesters.

The visitors included S. Muthukaruppan, L. Sasikala Pushpa, Vijila Sathyanand, N. Balaganga, Dalavai Sundaram, advocate general A. Navaneethakrishnan and others. Actor and MLA Sarath Kumar had also come to meet Ms Jayalalithaa. He said that Ms Jayalalithaa had done a tremendous job for the development of Tamil Nadu and he was confident that she would get bail in the case soon, he added.

( Source : dc correspondent )
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