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DIG Roopa, cop who took on AIADMK’s VK Sasikala, receives President’s medal

As the deputy inspector general of police, prisons, Roopa Moudgil had submitted a report claiming former AIADMK secretary general VK Sasikala had received preferential treatment inside Bengaluru Central Prison.

india Updated: Sep 16, 2017 21:12 IST
Vikram Gopal
Vikram Gopal
Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
Roopa Moudgil,Sasikala,AIADMK
Roopa Moudgil receiving the President’s Medal for Meritorious Service at Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru on September 16, 2017.(HT Photo)

Deputy inspector general (DIG) Roopa D Moudgil was on Saturday conferred the President’s Medal for Meritorius Service at the Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru by governor Vajubhai Vala.

While she was the DIG Prisons, Moudgil had spoken out about the alleged preferential treatment given to AIADMK leader VK Sasikala at the Bengaluru Central Prison. In a report submitted to her superior officers, Moudgil said she had heard that the preferential treatment had been extended to Sasikala on the payment of bribes to the then deputy general of police, prisons, HN Sathyanarayana Rao. Though an investigation had been ordered into the allegations, the probe team is yet to submit its report.

In the meanwhile, Moudgil had been transferred out of the prisons department to the traffic and road safety department.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Moudgil said she felt inspired by the recognition. “It is a very big honour and I feel vindicated thanks to this,” she said.

Moudgil said she felt bittersweet about the medal as she was the only woman officer to be honoured on the day. “It shows that there are few women in the force and we need many more... we need to now ensure that more women join the police force.”

Refusing to comment on her transfer, Moudgil reiterated that she felt the medal was recognition for her honest work.

First Published: Sep 16, 2017 20:57 IST