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Sasikala row: Being targeted for exposing irregularities, says DIG D Roopa

D Roopa came into limelight for exposing irregularities in the treatment given to VK Sasikala in jail.

india Updated: Jul 15, 2017 08:14 IST
Parappana Agrahara Central prison,Central Prison,Bengaluru
DIG Prisons D Roopa(ANI Twitter)

Bengaluru’s Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) D Roopa on Friday said she was being unnecessarily targeted and singled out for exposing irregularities at the Parappana Agrahara Central prison.

Roopa came into limelight for exposing irregularities in the jail. She accused her senior officials of taking Rs. 2 crore as a bribe from AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala in return for preferential treatment.

The DIG Prisons said she was ready to cooperate with the investigation called by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

“I do welcome the impartial inquiry into it I have nothing against anyone. When the report was carried I did not talk to the media, instead I came straight to my chamber. In fact the DG prisons (HN Satyanarayana Rao) disclosed everything about the report, so if conduct rules apply to me it should apply to everyone,” Roopa told ANI.

“And secondly, if I am being interviewed and did not say anything, the media would have misconstrued it by saying that I am avoiding. So I had to confirm about the report, but I have not spoken to the media on the contents of the report,” the DIG Prisons added.

The Chief Minister said he had initiated a probe to inquire about the irregularities and a retired officer has been appointed to look into bribery allegations. He, however, chided Roopa for disclosing details about the report to the media.

“It is absolutely against the rulebook,” Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, expressing open displeasure over public comments by D Roopa on her report, which has also brought her superior and other prison officials under a cloud of bribery allegations.

Siddaramaiah issued a notice to Roopa for going to media with her allegations about special treatment to Sasikala at Parappana Agrahara Central prisons.

“We will inquire into her allegations, but she speaking repeatedly to the media is against service rules,” Siddaramaiah told media.

The report submitted by Roopa, apart from the information about Sasikala, also talks about many other illegal instances inside the prison.

Siddaramaiah said she could have approached any of her superiors about her charges against senior officials. He said the allegations before the mainstream and social media has brought embarrassment to the police department.

In the report submitted to her superior Rao, Roopa had alleged that were allegations against him as well.

Rao rubbished her charge against him, terming it “absolutely false, baseless and wild”. He said he would take legal recourse against his junior. He has said no special treatment was being given to Sasikala.

In her four-page report after visiting the central prison on July 10, Roopa had said a special kitchen was functioning in the jail here for Sasikala, a convict in a corruption case, in violation of the rules.

Sasikala has been lodged at the Parappana Agrahara central jail here since her conviction in February in a disproportionate assets case along with her two relatives, VN Sudhakaran and Elavarasi, all serving a four-year jail term.

Taking “serious cognisance” of the allegations of irregularities in the central prison, Siddaramaiah on Thursday ordered the probe and warned of “strict action” based on the inquiry report, if anyone was found involved in wrong-doing.

First Published: Jul 14, 2017 19:03 IST