Karnataka DIG of Prison D Roopa, who exposed VVIP perks to Sasikala in Bengaluru jail, transferred

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Karnataka DIG Roopa

The Siddaramaiah-led Congress government has also transferred four other senior IPS officers along with Roopa.

Karnataka’s Deputy Inspector of General (Prisons) D Roopa, whose report alleging bribes made to top officials for preferential treatment to AIADMK (Amma) chief VK Sasikala in a Bengaluru jail triggered a huge controversy, has been transferred.

A government notification issued today says the 2000-batch Indian Police Service officer is “transferred with immediate effect and posted until further orders” as Inspector General of Police and Commissioner for Traffic and Road Safety.

The Siddaramaiah-led Congress government has also transferred four other senior IPS officers along with Roopa.

Last week, Roopa had submitted a report to DGP (Prisons) Sathyanarayana Rao alleging that there were “talks” that Rs 2 crore exchanging hands to give “preferential treatment” including an exclusive kitchen and other perks to Sasikala. Roopa’s report had alleged that the bribe was paid to Rao, who rubbished the charge while the state government on July 13 ordered a high-level probe into the allegations.

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 in Bengaluru 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, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah ordered the probe and warned of “strict action” based on the inquiry report, if anyone was found involved in wrong-doing.

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

Roopa was asked to give a reply to the notice served on her, while a probe was ordered into the charges made by her against DGP (Prisons) Sathyanarayana Rao and others.

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