Karnataka Police, DIG D Roopa who claimed in a report of bribes being taken by top police officials for alleged preferential treatment to AIADMK leader VK Sasikala in Bengaluru jail, was awarded the President’s Medal for meritorious service on Saturday.
In a function held at Raj Bhawan in Bengaluru, Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala awarded the President’s medal to the top cop in the state. Previously, she was awarded with the President’s Police Medal in 2016. Roopa was DIG (Prisons) when she made the allegations in a report submitted to Home Department and Director General of Police for Prison Department H N Sathyanarayan Rao, in which she claimed that certain prisoners, including Sasikala, were being given preferential treatment in Benagaluru prison.
In her complaint, Roopa had alleged that the AIADMK leader was being provided with exclusive kitchen in violation of prison rules. Just few days after Roopa filed the complaint, she was transferred to the post of DIG, Commissioner for Traffic and Road Safety, Bengaluru as Chief Minister Siddaramaiah ordered a probe into her allegations. Sasikala is serving her time in the Bengaluru prison after being convicted in disproportionate assets case.
The government later dismissed her claims saying, “There is no truth in reports suggesting that Sasikala and (her relative) Elavarasi have been given preferential treatment at the prison.” The government also issued notices in her name for violating the service rules and going public over allegations against other senior officials.