The report accessed by the media said Sasikala, who is serving time for corruption in Bengaluru’s Central Jail, even had food from a special kitchen
Bengaluru : D Roopa, the senior Karnataka officer who faces action after her report alleging AIADMK chief VK Sasikala enjoyed VIP facilities in a Bengaluru prison was leaked, isn’t backing down. The senior police officer said she had no axe to grind and if she had anything to hide, “I wouldn’t have taken the step of exposing (irregularities in jail).”
The report accessed by the media said Sasikala, who is serving time for corruption in Bengaluru’s Central Jail, even had food from a special kitchen. It insinuated that the jail officials including her boss and head of the state’s prison department HN Sathyanarayana Rao may be involved. The charges have been denied by Mr Rao.
As news of the explosive findings of the report appeared in the media, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah ordered a probe into allegations made by Ms Roopa. But the chief minister did not seem to appreciate Roopa reiterating her charges in front of the camera. She has been issued notice for speaking to the media.
“We have given her a notice. You don’t have go to the TV all the time if you have documents and evidence, please give. We have no objection regarding corruption and bribery but going to TV and newspapers: that is prohibited. Service rules don’t permit,” Mr Siddaramaiah told reporters.
Soon after, Ms Roopa said it was wrong to assume that she had leaked her report which had been sent to about five senior officials in the government.
But she said it was unfair to single her out for speaking to the media. “They apply to my seniors and juniors (who were speaking against her),” Ms Roopa, who was praised by Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi before the Chief Minister seemed to reprimand her in public, said.
The senior officer said she had only hoped to correct the irregularities in the jail. “I don’t gain anything by this and my only intention was bonafide,” she said, an oblique response to suggestions that her fight appeared to be largely with her boss, Sathyanarayana Rao.
Deputy Inspector of General (Prisons) D Roopa on Wednesday kicked up a storm by accusing her superior officer, Director General of Police (Prisons) K Sathyanaranaya Rao, of interfering in her work ever since she took charge. Referring to the show-cause notice issued to her by the DGP for conducting an inspection at the central prison in Parappana Agrahara, she claimed that prison administration has collapsed and called for remedial action.
This is not the first time Roopa has stirred a hornet’s nest. A few months ago, she had taken on Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha on social media over the issue of postings of IPS officers.
In her report addressed to the DG&IGP and the DGP (Prisons) on Wednesday, Roopa stated that she visited the prison on July 10 and discovered many illegal activities taking place.
Deputy Inspector of General (Prisons) D Roopa accused her superior officer, Director General of Police (Prisons) K Sathyanaranaya Rao, of interfering in her work ever since she took charge.
A report addressed to the DG & IGP and the DGP (Prisons), leaked to the media, contains remarks against several prison officials for violating rules by providing additional facilities to some inmates.
In the report, Roopa said following her prison visit, Rao issued a notice to her questioning its purpose. This is unnecessary interference in her duty, she said.
Roopa said during her visit, 25 inmates were subjected to drugs tests and 18 were found to have abused drugs.
The kingpin of the multi-crore fake stamp paper scam, Abdul Kareem Telgi, was provided with an assistant for moving around in his wheelchair. Now, Telgi can walk without any help. Bu 3-4 inmates were seen massaging his legs and body. This can be viewed on the CCTV screens installed in the DGP’s chamber but no action has been taken, the report says.
It also says that AIADMK (Amma) general secretary V K Sasikala, who is serving time in a disproportionate assets case, was given a kitchen in her barrack in violation of norms. Roopa alleged that a superior officer was bribed `2 crore to provide this.
When contacted, Rao said, “I have not received any report and the allegations are baseless. Those who make allegations should have proof or evidence.”
DG & IGP R K Dutta could not be reached for comment.