Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Notice to Karnataka prison official on leak of Sasikala bribery report

Notice to Karnataka prison official on leak of Sasikala bribery report

Days after she alleged corruption and mismanagement in Bengaluru Central jail, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has issued a notice to DIG (prisons) D Roopa, asking her not to comment on the matter before the media.

Roopa also wrote that some officials spoke to the media and made allegations against her but no action was taken against them. He said that the committee has been asked to submit its report within a month.

Mrs. Roopa told Deccan Chronicle in an exclusive interview that during her visit to Sasikala's cell, she had video recorded evidence on a handycam, which backed her claims of preferential treatment to Ms. Sasikala but the film was "deleted" by some officials in the prison.

Following the allegations levelled against DGP Satyanarayana Rao, in her explosive letter, DIF Roopa said that a few officials in her own department were trying to destroy the evidence she had collected during her inspection.

Sathyanarayana Rao refused to speak to the media after his visit. The report referred to "speculation" that Sasikala paid Rs 2 crores for privileges and her boss Rao could have been a beneficiary.

D Roopa, an upright senior police officer in Karnataka who blew the lid on irregularities in Bengaluru jail, said it wasn't fair that the Government was singling her out for action on grounds that she had spoken to the media but wasn't acting against others. But it will take more than Sasikala and her cronies to silence Deputy Inspector General - Prisons (DIG) D Roopa.

The question Chief Minister Siddaramaiah needs to answer is - Why shoot the messenger? No special treatment is being given to Sasikala, she told reporters on Thursday. Ms. Roopa also said that besides a special kitchen, Sasikala was provided with a separate gallery to meet her visitors. "I will respond to the notice when I receive it", reiterated Moudgil.Sasikala, 59, is in the Parpanna Agrahara Central Jail since February 15 to serve a four-year sentence after she was found guilty and convicted by a trial court here in September 2014 in the two decades old illegal wealth case of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

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