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Bengaluru: Jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala’s husband died on Tuesday at the age of 74 while she is serving time in Bengaluru’s Central Prison. Sasikala has applied for parole in order to attend her husband’s last rites. As per the reports, she has applied for a 15-day parole to go to Chennai.

The jail authorities told The News Minute, the process of review of her parole has been received and it was being processed. M Natarajan had died on Tuesday at a corporate hospital, an official said. The official release of the death was issued by Shanmuga Priyan, chief operating officer Gleneagles Health City said, It is with profound grief and sorrow that we announce the sad demise of Natarajan Maruthappa at 1:35 AM today.” He was 74.

Natarajan was admitted to the hospital on Saturday with a severe chest infection and was put on ventilator support. Last year he underwent a kidney transplant. Natarajan’s body was later kept at his Besant Nagar residence for people to pay homage. Sources close to him said that his body will be taken later in the day to his native village in Thanjavur district for the final rites.

However, it was not immediately known when the final rites will be held at the family anticipates a possible parole for Sasikala. Convicted in the Rs 66.6 crore disproportionate assets case, Sasikala is serving a four-year jail term in Bengaluru Parappana Agrahara prison since February last. She was granted an emergency parole in October last year when Natarajan underwent the kidney transplant.

Natarajan was an avid Tamil activist and was also running a vernacular magazine called ‘Puthiya Paarvai’. He was formerly a Public Relations Officer with the state government. In 2011, he was one of the family members of Sasikala who were expelled by late Chief Minister and then AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa from the party.

Though Jayalalithaa expelled Sasikala, her close aide, she later re-inducted her.

(With PTI inputs)

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