VIP treatment for Sasikala: 20 convicts shifted to Bellary prison

Roopa had alleged that AIADMK (Amma) leader V K Sasikala was being given preferential treatment at a prison here, including a special kitchen being set up for her, and there was "talk" that senior jail officials accepted Rs 2 crore as bribe to facilitate it. But it will take more than Sasikala and her cronies to silence Deputy Inspector General - Prisons (DIG) D Roopa. Talking to reporters in Bengaluru the day after she exposed senior jail officials for allegedly taking bribe to provide facilities to Sasikala feels letdown by the Government and finds that she has been targeted.

"The committe will be headed by retired IAS officer Vinay Kumar and file an interim report on the charges of bribery and other irregularities in the central jail in a week and the final report in a month", added the official. She also questioned why no action was taken against department officials, who encouraged inmates to stage a protest after her report. "3-4 convicted prisoners has been allotted to Abdul Telgi for body massage", D Roopa had claimed. "So guilty officers should be punished", DIG Roopa had said in communication to Rao.

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The move comes days after the DG (prisons) rejected her allegation, saying no such favors were provided to Sasikala. According to News9, Rao has also been transferred but he has not been assigned any posting or department yet. Sasikala, also known as Chinamma, was sent to jail after she surrendered before a trial court in Karnataka capital.

Besides Roopa and Rao, Director General of Police (Intelligence) M.N. Reddi has been transferred as DGP of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in place of Megharikh, while Amit Paul, IGP, Intelligence, will hold additional charge of DGP, Intelligence, in Bengaluru.

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