Sasikala was first taken to the hospital within Bengaluru jail where she is serving a four-year term for a disproportionate assets case. The doctors at the Bengaluru jail hospital suspected Sasikala might have contracted COVID-19 since her blood oxygen level was low at the time of admission, but her Rapid Antigen Test came out negative. Doctors who examined Sasikala said her condition was not serious and is now stable.
Sasikala's hospitalization comes a week before her expected release from prison on 27th January. Tamil Nadu has their upcoming Assembly election in coming months and there already seen much speculation and drama in Tamil politics. Earlier Tamil CM meet Amit Shah and Narendra Modi and ruled out any ties with Sasikala.