Bengaluru: VK Sasikala, aide of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who has been admitted to the Bowring hospital in Bengaluru after she complained of fever and breathlessness, just days before her expected release on January 27 has been diagnosed with Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI).

Meanwhile, Sasikala’s nephew and AMMK chief TTV Dhinakaran, who rushed to Bengaluru, expressed satisfaction at the treatment being given to his aunt. “She will come out of hospital healthy very soon,” Dhinakaran told reporters, adding that he has sought permission to meet her in the hospital.

“She is rapid (Covid test) negative now,” said Dr H V Manoj, director-dean of the hospital. “We have done all the investigations, her sugar was low and we are treating her. She was complaining of breathlessness and her saturation was around 80. After oxygen, she has become stable. She will be staying through the night.”

Sasikala’s release is expected to add another complicated dimension to politics in Tamil Nadu which goes to assembly polls in April-May. As a high-stakes behind-the scene operator, her moves will be keenly watched.

The close confidante of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa surrendered before the jail authorities on February 15, 2017, days after her bid to occupy the Chief Minister's chair failed.