Top Jail Officer Roopa shunted out

Violet Powell
July 18, 2017

The Karnataka government on Monday transferred Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Prisons D. Roopa, days after she charged AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala with bribing senior jail officials to get VIP treatment in the Bengaluru jail.

DIG Roopa, who exposed corruption in Bengaluru central prison and pointed to Rs 2 crore alleged bribe by AIADMK chief V K Sasikala to jail officials, has been shifted to road safety and traffic. Well, it seems that these movies are indeed inspired by real life considering Karnataka government just transferred DIG Roopa from Prison in-charge to Road safety and traffic for exposing the VVIP treatment to VK Sasikala among others.

"It is inappropriate on her part to share details with the media", Siddaramaiah told reporters in Mysuru, expressing open displeasure over the public comments by Roopa, whose report has also brought her superior and other prison officials under a cloud of bribery allegations. She also questioned why no action was taken against department officials, who encouraged inmates to stage a protest after her report.

"I didn't speak to media first. So service rules should apply to all and not on one", Roopa was quoted as saying by ANI.

The release states that the two officers have been transferred to allow the inquiry to proceed unhindered, so that proper evidence can emerge and strict action can be taken against those found guilty.

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Roopa has been asked to give a reply to the notice served on her, the chief minister said.

Days after irregularities in the Bengaluru Central Jail was exposed by Police Officer D. Roopa's leaked report, the Siddaramaiah government has chose to transfer the officer.

The state government also transferred Director General of Police (Prisons) H.N. Satyanarayana Rao without a fresh posting, as he is set to retire this month-end. Sasikala, also known as Chinamma, was sent to jail after she surrendered before a trial court in Karnataka capital.

Rao categorically denied all the charges.

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