Amid speculation that Ms Sasikala managed to bring a television into her room and upgrade her cell to "Class A" and get a cot - all of which has been denied by prison authorities - the person said that while "vocational and skill-based work is mandatory for convicts sentenced to rigorous imprisonment, prison officials can not force a convict serving simple imprisonment to do any kind of work".
Sasikala's request for a Class 1 cell citing health issues like diabetes was denied.
The disproportionate assets case of '96 finally had its verdict on Tuesday, when justices Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Amitava Roy convicted Sasikala, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran as guilty, sentencing them to a 4 year imprisonment and a fine of INR 10 crores each. She was given a plate, a tumbler and a blanket. On Thursday, she watched the new chief minister, her loyalist E Palaniswami, take oath on TV from a Bengaluru prison with other inmates sitting around her.
Travelling in the same vehicle that Jayalalithaa used, Sasikala arrived at the central jail housed at Parappana Agrahara, close to Hosur on Karnataka-Tamilnadu border, towards the evening amid tight security.
While Sasikala has asked for the facilities of a Class I prisoner - a television set, home-cooked food and non-vegetarian meals twice a week, a cot and a fan - she was refused the request.
In the morning she had tamarind rice with chutney from the breakfast menu. She also requested for special consideration in jail since she is an income tax payee.
In commotion after Sasikala's arrival, four cars in her cavalcade were damaged in vandalism, police said but added it was not known who did it. Ms Sasikala and Ms Ilavarasi have been lodged in a two-occupancy cell, located at the same barracks as hardened women convicts are lodged.
She will be earning a daily wage of Rs 50 by making candles.
Sources said that Sasikala today woke up at 7 am and was given Puliodharai rice and tea which were served to other inmates as well.