Karnataka IG D Roopa, who exposed corruption in Bengaluru jail, honoured with president's medal

Karnataka IG D Roopa has been awarded the president's medal for meritorious services on Saturday, media reports said. Roopa, who had exposed corruption in Bengaluru's Central Jail received the medal from Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala on Saturday.

File image of D Roopa. News18

File image of D Roopa. News18

According to OneIndia, Roopa was recommended for the presidential medal last year for her bravery and excellent work ethics. She received the award at a ceremony at Karnataka Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru.

Roopa had alleged preferential treatment was being given to AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala in the prison in July this year, amid allegations of payment of Rs 2 crore to an official for it, prompting the Karnataka government to order a probe.

She had levelled the charges in a report to her superior, DGP (prisons) HS Sathyanarayana Rao.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had announced a "high-level probe" into the allegations, as the two senior officers engaged in a bitter public spat. Both were subsequently shifted.

Roopa alleged that Sasikala has "managed" to live the life of a Class I prisoner, against the court order. She had also dragged Rao into the case, claiming there was "talks" that he was also a beneficiary.

In her report, she also alleged that even Karim Lala Telgi, who has been convicted in a fake stamp-paper scam, had been given special treatment by prison officials.

According to DNA, Roopa, who scored 43rd rank in her UPSC examinations in 2000, was ranked fifth in her batch at NPS Hyderabad and was the sole officer allotted to the Karnataka cadre. "As an SP in Madhya Pradesh, Roopa had arrested the erstwhile chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Uma Bharti after the court order in a rioting case," the article added.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Sep 16, 2017 20:06 PM

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