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Jailed Jaya in 'good health', party MPs fast for her

india Updated: Oct 02, 2014 15:53 IST

Forty five AIADMK MPs Thursday observed a fast in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue in parliament complex, demanding justice for party supremo and former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

The MPs began their fast at 10 am and would continue till 5 pm, AIADMK parliamentary party leader P Venugopal said.

Wondering why there was "delay" in hearing her bail plea, he demanded that Jayalalithaa be granted "immediate relief as per law".

"The aim of the fast is to draw the nation's attention to the delay in granting bail to our leader. The judgement was given on Saturday, which was followed by Dussehra holidays," he added.

Jayalalithaa was sentenced to four years in jail in the 18-year-old disproportionate assets case and fined a staggering Rs 100 crore by a special court in Bangalore on September 27.

Earlier this week a vaction bench adjourned her bail plea hearing to October 7, leading to widespread protests by her supporters.

Jayalalithaa keeping good health: jail official
Meanwhile Jayalalithaa is keeping good health and eating simple food besides reading newspapers at the Parapanna Agrahara Central prison where she is lodged after conviction in the disproportionate assets case, according to a jail official.

"Everything you are hearing outside, it is not true. She is stable and keeping good health, but she is eating simple food," the official told PTI, dismissing speculation about her well being.

Asked what food items were served to her, the official said the former chief minister ate one or two chappatis, bread, milk or biscuits, everyday.

Contrary to reports that Jayalalithaa was ordering food from outside, he said, "There is no truth in it. We are giving her the food. She is not ordering food from outside."

Asked about the medical arrangements made in the jail, the official said there are six doctors in the prison, who regularly attend to the medical needs of the jailmates, including Jayalalithaa.

Jayalalithaa, who is now prisoner number 7402 at the jail, wakes up early in the morning and takes a stroll in the premises of the prison, the official said.

The 66-year-old former chief minister, who has been allotted VVIP cell number 23 of the prison, also reads newspapers without fail, he said.

Replying to another question, the official said Jayalalithaa continued not to meet anybody including AIADMK leaders or supporters.