'Jail perks' for Sasikala: DIG Roopa shifted

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday defended his action of transferring Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) D Roopa, who exposed irregularities in Parappana Agrahara Prison, stating that the action was taken "in view of the Government's commitment to public interest, truth and justice".

IPS officer D Roopa was instrumental in exposing the royal treatment that AIADMK chief Sasikala Natarajan had allegedly bought for herself with a Rs. 2 crore bribe. She accused her senior officials of taking Rs 2 crore as a bribe from Sasikala in return for preferential treatment.

The three page report reportedly contains information on videos of her interaction with prisoners on critical issues, a few of which were again deleted by the jail staff, and a few CCTV cameras near Sasikala's cell deliberately being kept non-functional. The report calls the officers' media interaction "unwarranted" and a "serious violation of All India Services Conduct Rules".

Roopa was also served notice by the state government asking her to explain why she reported the issue to the media. "If action is to be taken then it should be against all and not just me", Roopa added.

"It (special kitchen) is said to be continuing despite you being aware of it".

The move comes days after the DG (prisons) rejected her allegation, saying no such favors were provided to Sasikala.

It may be recalled that chief minister Siddaramaiah ordered a high-level inquiry on Friday by retired IAS officer Vinay Kumar into the prison affairs. The tension escalated to the extent that she had to leave the jail premises in a hurry.

However, Rao and the other jail officials had denied all allegations. According to the report, Sasikala enjoys a special menu of meals and other privileges, all of which is blatantly against prison rules.

  • Rogelio Becker