Sasikala Natarajan, 66, a former aide of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, has been released from jail. However, since she is being treated for Covid-19 symptoms at Victoria Hospital, it may take a while for her to return home.

As per the official bulletin issued by Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Sasikala Natarajan was officially released at 11 am January 27. She was admitted to Bowring Hospital on the night of January 20, and shifted to Victoria Hospital on January 21 and was tested positive.

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Since then, she has been undergoing treatment as per Covid-19 protocol. She has maintained oxygen saturation of 96/97 without oxygen support for the past 12 hours. As per protocol, she will be discharged on the 10th day if she is asymptomatic and free of oxygen support for at least three days. The decision for her to continue treatment in Victoria Hospital was taken by her and her family members.

Sasikala, a former AIADMK leader, was sentenced to jail and had to serve time in a case related to disproportionate assets. She was housed in Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara Jail. All release formalities were completed on Wednesday morning.

The health bulletin on Wednesday morning said she is asymptomatic and treated as per standard treatment protocols of Covid-19. She is being continuously monitored; the patient is cooperative for treatment, it said.