Whistle-blower alleged of VIP treatment to Sasikala in jail for 2 Cr bribe
Karnataka Police officer D. Roopa, who had alleged AIADMK General Secretary V. K. Sasikala was provided VIP treatment in Bangaluru jail for rupees two crore bribe, has on Monday been transferred to the traffic department. Sasikala, a close aide of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha is serving four year term in a disproportionate assets case.
Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) D. Roopa, in a letter to the Home Department and DGP for Prison Department H. N. Sathyanarayan Rao, had recently claimed that Sasikala was being provided with exclusive kitchen to cook her meals and relaxed visiting hours in exchange for rupees two crore bribe to jail officials.
Rao refuted the allegations saying “We have not provided any special treatment to Sasikala. She is like any other woman prisoner and lodged in the first floor of the womens’ barrack. The allegations are baseless and there is no evidence for them.”
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramiah ordered a probe and issued a notice to Roopa to refrain from commenting on the matter in media. CM said, “I have issued a notice to Roopa for her repeated appearance before the media in violation of service rules. I have ordered a high-level inquiry into the allegations and will take action once the committee submits its report.”
Opposition leader and former Karnataka CM H.D. Kumaraswamy, while reacting to the report said, “Surprised. I think this government wants to protect illegal activities.”
On February 15, the day when Sasikala surrendered at Bangaluru jail, several news networks reported that she will not be provided VIP treatment. There is no AC room for her and she is being lodged with two more women inmates. Her request for the home-cooked food was also reportedly turned down.
Bangaluru jail falls under Karnataka state where Congress is at the helm of affairs, while Tamil Nadu is under AIADMK rule. Virtually Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami was made Chief Minister with Sasikala’s approval.