Karnataka top cop D Roopa transferred after exposing VIP treatment for Sasikala in Bengaluru prison

Days after she exposed the VIP treatment given to AIADMK (Amma) chief and convict VK Sasikala in Bengaluru's Parappana Agrahara Central Prison, DIG Prisons D Roopa was transferred on Monday, CNN News18 reported. Karnataka DGP (Prisons) HN Sathyanarayana Rao, accused of accepting bribes from the Jayalalithaa aide, was also transferred with immediate effect.

According to the report, Roopa was transferred to the traffic and road safety department. However, Roopa refused to react to her transfer. Talking to News18, she said, " I have not received the notice copy and will react only after receiving the copy of the letter." Meanwhile, the state government's notification said that NS Megharikh, Additional Director General of Police, Anti-Corruption Bureau, was transferred with immediate effect and posted as Additional DGP, Prisons, in place of Rao. However, the notification did not mention who will replace Roopa, while also remaining silent on the fate of Rao. 

Sasikala was accused of bribing Rao and Bengaluru central jail officials for undue favours on Wednesday.

"Sasikala has given Rs 1 crore bribe to Rao and another Rs 1 crore was distributed among officials, including warden of the central jail where she is serving a four-year sentence in an illegal wealth case for allowing her special privileges," said a local news channel that quoted Roopa.

However, Rao denied them and accused Roopa of gross subordination. "I have served a memo to her (Roopa) seeking explanation and evidence to prove her wild allegations. She has not given any report to me or the government against me or other jail officials," Rao told IANS.

Roopa was also served notice by the state government asking her to explain why she reported the issue to the media.

"It is absolutely against the rule book," Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, expressing open displeasure over public comments by the Deputy Inspector of General (Prisons) in her report, which has also brought her superior and other prison officials under a cloud of bribery allegations.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Jul 17, 2017 14:52:33 IST