‘VIP treatment’ for Sasikala: Targeting me unfair, service rules should apply to all, says DIG Prisons Roopa

According to the report, Sasikala, who is in jail in connection with a disproportionate assets case, has been provided an exclusive kitchen in violation of prison rules.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 14, 2017 8:36 pm
sasikala vip treatment, sasikala jail, vip treatment for sasikala, bengaluru prison, dig roopa, jail officials bribery, cm siddaramaiah, india news, karnataka news, indian express Deputy Inspector General D Roopa alleged Bengaluru prison department officials are providing VIP treatment to AIADMK (Amma) chief V K Sasikala in exchange of a bribe of Rs 2 crore. (Source: ANI)

Deputy Inspector General D Roopa, who triggered controversy after alleging that Bengaluru prison department officials are providing VIP treatment to AIADMK (Amma) chief V K Sasikala in exchange for a bribe of Rs 2 crore, on Friday demanded a fair probe into the matter and said targeting her alone was unfair. “Targeting me is unfair. If action is to be taken then it should be against all and not just me,” Roopa was quoted as saying by ANI.

Earlier in the day, the state government served a notice to Roopa asking her to explain why she had reported the issue to the media. Reacting to the incident, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah expressed open displeasure over public comments by Roopa and ordered a high-level probe into allegations. “It is absolutely against the rulebook,” he said, adding that the officer could have approached any of her superiors about her charges against senior officials. The Chief Minister also said her remarks have brought embarrassment to the police department and also brought her superior and other prison officials under a cloud of bribery allegations.

“I didn’t speak to media originally, the DG gave the details. So service rules should apply to all and not on one,” Roopa said, insisting that she will cooperate with any investigation in connection with the case.

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A 2000-batch IPS officer, Roopa submitted a report to the Home Department and Director General of Police for Prison Department HN Sathyanarayana Rao, alleging irregularities and corruption at Parappana Agrahara Central Prison in Bengaluru. The report also alleged that Sasikala, who is in jail in connection with a disproportionate assets case, has been provided an exclusive kitchen in violation of prison rules. “There was a rumour that you are aware of it and were paid Rs 2 crore for this facility. All these allegations are unfortunate and hence you have to address the issue immediately and take action…,” Roopa requested Rao in her report.

In addition, the report alleged that medical staff in the prison department supplied drugs to prisoners and also claimed VIP treatment for stamp paper scam kingpin Abdul Karim Telgi.

Rubbishing Roopa’s charge against him, Rao described the report as “absolutely false, baseless and wild”. He also said he would take legal action against his junior. “We have not provided any special treatment to Sasikala. She is like any other woman prisoner and lodged in the first floor of the womens’ barrack. The allegations are baseless and there is no evidence for them,” Rao said.

Regarding the allegations on drug use, Rao said, “Roopa was not aware of the laws pertaining to the prison department, which forced her to make all these allegations. The drug issue is also not a new discovery. Every day the prisoners try to get ganja and we have taken measures to avoid it.”

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    Sankaran Krishnan
    Jul 15, 2017 at 4:07 pm
    It is better if DIG Prisons visits the Jail ward and to find out whether the real Sasikala is inside the Jail premises or else her dupe and lookalike are allowed to stay because one thing is for sure that she can indulge in any type of frauds for the looted money is with her and if she is throwing by luring the whomsoever which is beyond their capacity in terms of earning they are forced to do and even she will threaten through some one else which she is capable of and in that sense it is better to verify the bonafides of jailed convict Sasikala ???
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      Anand Ch
      Jul 15, 2017 at 2:19 pm
      It would be atrocious if any body says, all prisoners are treated in same way. No one can afford to ignore Political prisoners .
      1. B
        Jul 15, 2017 at 10:38 am
        Former chief justiceMr Sadasivam favoured jayalalitha to get mullaperiyar verdict in favour of tamilnadu and former chief justice dattu favoured her to get bail after conviction in lower court and both of them got high profile post after retirement.Now former Justice kumaraswamy of karnataka high court may get governor post , but honest Judges like Gangully and singhivi are neglected, only god can save india
        1. S
          Jul 15, 2017 at 10:27 am
          Mannarkudi family has already looted tamilnadu and still continue to do so ,they think they can bribe everyone and get favour but they are not able to buy or influence one great man John Michael cunha .He is the hero among honest people. he will be remembered for ever for his honesty
          1. F
            Jul 15, 2017 at 10:19 am
            Mannarkudi mafia would have bribed karnataka chief minister that's why he is supporting DGP (prison) and warning DIG Roopa.
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              Gopalarathnam Krishna Prasad
              Jul 15, 2017 at 5:53 am
              The officials secets act is for not letting out any classified info which could benefit some criminal or jeoprdise the safety/ defence o the country. This act of DGP is bringngig out the crundue favours given to a criminal in jail for a brobe money which toois high 2 crores shared by all jail dep staff, byrucrats and CM himself. Her act must be clapped/ appreciated and the vip treatmnt for criminal Sasikala must be removed served only Raghi Modde and in the night lots of mosquities must be let onto her cell which can inflict dengue in sasi , so tat hat aids in her meeting her bandit queen Jaya ... her mentor fast.
              1. P
                Jul 15, 2017 at 5:32 am
                The officer needs to be supported by the All India Services organizations, the central govt and other NGOs for her fight against corruption and it should end the practice in Karnataka and TN jails, once and for all. DIG Deepa to be supported in a way she does not feel demoralized for bringing out an issue, which is totally against Jail rules and regulations.
                1. S
                  Jul 15, 2017 at 5:21 am
                  looks like she is a mad lady, police officers should not go to media to get attention and publicity, but these lady officers play cheap tricks to get fame.
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