32 prisoners shifted from Bengaluru central jail

Retired IAS officer Vinay Kumar will probe charges of irregularities at the Bengaluru central prison in Parappana Agrahara including preferential treatment to AIADMK leader V K Sasikala. DH file

Retired IAS officer Vinay Kumar will probe charges of irregularities at the Bengaluru central prison in Parappana Agrahara including preferential treatment to AIADMK leader V K Sasikala. DH file

Days after Karnataka police officer D Roopa in a report alleged that AIADMK (Amma) general secretary V K Sasikala was enjoying VIP treatment at Parappana Agrahara central prison, Roopa has been transferred to the traffic department, news agency ANI reported on Monday. "However, DIG Roopa wanted additional responsibilities of the Dharwad, Kalaburgi, Ballari and Belagavi prisons", DGP Satyanarayana Rao said. However, Roopa refused to react to her transfer.

A probe has been ordered into the matter by chief minister Siddaramaiah.

Ms Roopa went for a second check in the prison yesterday andreportedly found the evidences to support her charges were erased bythe jail officials after the DGP had visited the jail yesterday, before her visit. Based on the findings of the report, further course of action will be decided.

The officer could have approached any of her senior officers about her allegations that. However, after the meeting, he did not speak to the media and left in a hurry.

He denied giving special treatment to Sasikala or accepting any bribe.

However, Rao rubbished the charge against him by Roopa, terming it "absolutely false, baseless and wild". The State's top jail department official also asserted that Sasikala had been put up in an "ordinary open women's barracks on the first floor".

The case came to light when DIG of Prisons D Roopa in a letter submitted to the state government accused the Director General of Police and Inspector General of Prisons Sathyanarayan Rao and other city jail officials for taking the money and providing Sasikala with a private kitchen and other facilities. The report also alleged that the jail staff had accepted bribes from Sasikala for allowing the installation of a makeshift kitchen in her cell and being provided with an inmate as a cook, The Hindu reported. "Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who also holds the Home portfolio, talks volumes about transparency and corruption-free administration, but he too lowered the dignity of the Chief Minister's office", the JD (S) leader said.

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