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Sasikala prison bribery case: Ex-IAS officer to lead probe, says Siddaramaiah

VK Sasikala has been accused of paying Rs 2 crore bribe for preferential treatment at the Bengaluru Central Prison.

india Updated: Jul 15, 2017 00:28 IST
Vikram Gopal
Vikram Gopal
Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
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AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala at Jayalalithaa's shrine at Marina beach in Chennai.(PTI File Photo)

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said on Friday retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Vinay Kumar will head the probe into allegations that AIADMK leader VK Sasikala paid a bribe of Rs 2 crore to a top jail officer and staff for availing perks in the Bengaluru Central Prison.

On Wednesday, deputy inspector general of prisons Roopa D Moudgil highlighted a series of violations taking place inside the prison and said Sasikala was allowed to have a special kitchen by paying a bribe to top prison officials, including the director general of police (prisons) HN Sathyanarayana Rao.

There were other allegations, too, including undertrials massaging stamp paper scam accused Abdul Karim Telgi.

Rao brushed aside the allegations on Thursday, calling them wild.

“I have asked for the preliminary report to be submitted within a week, and a final report in a month,” the chief minister said.

Opposition parties are holding this incident up to show the alleged lapse in the law and order situation in the state. Janata Dal (Secular) leader and former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said a judicial probe would have to be ordered into the matter.

“According to my sources, Rs 2 crore was paid for preferential treatment by Sasikala apart from an additional sum of Rs 10 lakh, which is being paid per month,” Kumaraswamy alleged.

However, both Siddaramaiah and Kumaraswamy criticised officials for approaching to the media. Siddaramaiah said it was against the service rules of administrators.

“If there is evidence of corruption, officials are free to bring it to the notice of their superiors,” he said. “However, repeatedly approaching the media is not acceptable and we have issued a notice to Moudgil for violating the rules,” Siddaramaiah told reporters at Mysuru.

Sasikala was found guilty by the Supreme Court in February of accumulating assets through illegal means, cutting short her dash for the top job in Tamil Nadu following the death of chief minister J Jayalalithaa on December 5 last year.

A close aide of Jayalalithaa for 30 years, Sasikala surrendered on February 15 to serve the four-year sentence.

The trial in the corruption case, in which Jayalalithaa was also an accused, was moved to the neighbouring state of Karnataka to ensure free and fair proceedings.

First Published: Jul 14, 2017 17:21 IST