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Karnataka top cop who alleged VIP treatment for Sasikala in jail transferred

Karnataka top cop who alleged VIP treatment for Sasikala in jail transferred

Adding credence to DIG (Prisons) Roopa D Moudgil's allegation against her superiors and officials at the Parappana Agrahara central prison, 32 prisoners were transferred out clandestinely to other prisons around 1 am on Sunday.

In a report to the Karnataka Government, this week, the officer had alleged VK Sasikala, the chief of Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK, is enjoying VIP facilities in prison including an exclusive kitchen. She is also reportedly allowed several visitors, which is a violation of rules.

Despite being in the thick of allegations of allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs 2 crore to provide special treatment to AIADMK leader Sasikala at the Central prisons at Parappana Agrahara, DGP Satyanarayana Rao made a surprise visit to the prisons on Saturday, raising suspicions.

According to a report by the Deccan Herald, the DGP's report states that DIG Roopa resorted to leaking her report to the media as she was not given additional responsibilities.

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Meanwhile, reacting over D Roopa's transfer, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said: "It is an administrative process, it is not necessary to disclose everything to the media". She has now been shifted to the traffic department as the commissioner for Road Safety and Traffic, reported news agency ANI.

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.

It is said that the government is considering the option of transferring Roopa out of the prison department as she continues to give vent to her opinions in social websites even after having been warned against airing her view on irregularities in prisons in public. The report also mentions that this office is adjacent to the office of a female jail superintendent.

Sasikala was ordered to serve a four-year jail term in a 21-year-old disproportionate assets case by the Supreme Court.