BANGALORE: Karnataka will transfer former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa to her home state from Parappana Agrahara central jail if the neighbouring state makes a formal request, sources in the government said.
Transferring Jayalalithaa to Tamil Nadu would relieve Karnataka police and the administration of a huge responsibility. A large number of Jayalalithaa supporters have been camping outside the central jail since her imprisonment on September 27.
However, the O Panneerselvam government in Tamil Nadu is yet to make any formal request to Karnataka in this regard. “Shifting formalities will be speedily done once a formal request is made by TN jail authorities. All the rules and norms, including court observation,if any, will be followed,” sources in the home department told TOI.
While the prison department has rendered all medical help to the AIADMK supremo, the state government is worried about disinformation campaigns blaming Karnataka for her stay in jail.
According to former advocate-general Ashok Harnahalli, a convict can be shifted to another prison following a request by the government citing valid reasons. The request can be made by the convicted person or the government.
However, Tamil Nadu may not make a request immediately as Jayalalithaa’s bail application is pending in the Supreme Court, he added.
Law and parliamentary affairs minister T B Jayachandra has also maintained that the government will consider shifting Jayalalithaa to the neighbouring state if TN prison authorities make a formal proposal. “We will also consider court directions and verdicts in this case,” he said. The Supreme Court is likely to hear Jayalalithaa’s bail petition on Tuesday.