DIG Roopa report 2: Why no action, boss?

Prions Department officials questioned the propriety of his visit, which could be seen to influence jail staff ahead of the probe.

Published: 15th July 2017 11:27 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th July 2017 11:27 PM   |  A+A-

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Sasikala jail bribe case: The 2000 batch IPS Officer Roopa had sent a five-pages report to DGP H N Sathyanarayana Rao which said that V K Sasikala and kingpin of fake stamp paper scam Abdul Kareem Lal Telagi were given special facilities in their cells.

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Karnataka’s feisty IPS officer D Roopa is not letting the dust settle in her feud with her boss, director-general (prisons) H N Sathyanarayana Rao.

On Saturday, three days after she kicked up a storm with a report highlighting irregularities and corruption in Bengaluru's Parappana Agrahara Central Prison, the deputy inspector-general (prisons) sent another report to her superior officer.

In this, she asked why no action has been taken on the first report sent by her, according to sources in the Prisons Department who are privy to the report. And why was no action taken against prison staff who encouraged inmates to stage a protest after her report?

Roopa also wrote that some officials spoke to the media and made allegations against her but no action was taken against them.

Both feuding IPS officers visited the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison Saturday.

Sathyanarayana Rao's visit raised eyebrows as it came just a day after a probe was ordered by the government into Roopa’s allegations. The prison boss is said to have had a close look at some documents, including records related to some inmates, in the jail superintendent's office.

He also visited a few barracks and directed officials to make some changes, sources said. It is, however, not clear what changes he sought.

Sathyanarayana Rao refused to speak to the media after his visit.

Prions Department officials questioned the propriety of his visit, which could be seen to influence jail staff ahead of the probe. A few hours after Sathyanarayana Rao left, Roopa turned up along with a sub-inspector and examined CCTV footage and other records of her earlier visit to the prison.

In her second report, Roopa is said to have mentioned that some of the CCTV footage that would prove her allegation that special treatment was being meted out to some inmates was erased.

In her first report dated July 12, Roopa had stated that AIADMK (Amma) leader V K Sasikala, who is serving a sentence in a disproportionate assets case, was given a separate cell with a kitchen after she paid a bribe of Rs 2 crore to prison staff including Sathyanarayana Rao himself, while Abdul Karim Telgi, a convict in the fake stamp paper racket, had many privileges, including inmates who acted as personal aides.

Sathyanarayana Rao has denied the charges.

On Friday, the state’s Home Department issued a notice to both officers for speaking to the media.

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