Senior Transferred Amid Row Over ‘Jail Perks’ For VK Sasikala, Karnataka Cop D Roopa


D Roopa, the Karnataka police officer whose report had alleged that AIADMK chief VK Sasikala is enjoying VIP facilities in a Bengaluru prison, was transferred today. So was her boss HN Satyanarayana Rao, the state's Director General of Prisons, whom she had accused of accepting a bribe for favours to Ms Sasikala.
In a report last week to the Karnataka government based on her inspection of the central jail, Ms Roopa had alleged that Ms Sasikala had been given an exclusive kitchen and other facilities after she paid a bribe of about Rs. 2 crore. Her report referred to "speculation" that Mr Rao could have been a beneficiary of the bribe.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah ordered an inquiry but later warned that action could be taken against Ms Roopa for violating her service rules by going to the media. He told journalists today: "It is an administrative process, it is not necessary to disclose everything to the media."

Ms Roopa had vehemently denied leaking her report and she had blamed Mr Rao. 
Mr Rao, transferred just days before his retirement, had called her allegations "wild and baseless" and insisted that no special treatment was being given to Ms Sasikala. 

The officers didn't do themselves any favours with the public sparring. Ms Roopa has been transferred to traffic and road safety. Mr Rao has been given no new posting.

"I expected this last week itself. It seems that the state government wanted to protect the illegal activities and is here to protect convicts," said opposition Janata Dal Secular leader HD Kumaraswamy, targeting the Congress government. 

Ms Sasikala, a lifelong companion of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, was jailed for corruption. There have been allegations that she enjoys perks like relaxed visiting hours and specially cooked food.

When an RTI or Right to Information reply revealed that Ms Sasikala was allowed more than her share of visitors and many after the 5 pm deadline, Mr Rao had claimed that the rules about visitors "is not ironclad".

Ms Roopa also alleged in her report that Abdul Karim Telgi, the kingpin of a multi-crore stamp paper fraud, was another jail inmate getting special benefits.



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