Prisons controversy: Karnataka government transfers Roopa and Rao for violating conduct
By Express News Service | Published: 17th July 2017 08:10 PM |
BENGALURU: Both the officials involved in the controversy over providing special amenities to some prisoners – director general of police (DGP), (prisons) H N Sathyanarayana Rao and D Roopa, deputy inspector general of police (DIG) – were transferred by the Karnataka government on Monday.
The state government said in a press release that the officials were transferred because they violated the All India Services Conduct Rules and to maintain the sanctity of the inquiry process initiated after Roopa's report leaked.
The release, noting that a probe had been ordered into the allegations leveled by Roopa, said the "interaction of both police officers with the media during the course of inquiry was unwarranted."The behaviour amounted to serious violation of All India Services Conduct Rules, and show cause notices have been issued to both the officials, the release said.
The order came after the spat over a leaked report, in which D Roopa had alleged that special favours were extended to prisoners such as V K Sasikala and others.
While N S Megharikh has been posted as additional DGP (prisons), Roopa has been posted as DIG and commissioner for traffic and road safety in Bengaluru. The post vacated by both Roopa has still not been filled. Former DGP (prisons), Rao who was days away from his retirement has been transferred without any posting.
The controversy started after Roopa's report to DGP Rao, alleging several irregularities in the Prisons Department, was leaked to the media.
In the report, Roopa alleged that special services were provided to Sasikala, bribes were offered to jail officials, and inmates were found under the influence of drugs at Central Prisons, Parappana Agrahara.
Roopa also sent a second report questioning the inaction by senior officials despite the findings of her report.
The issue spiraled out of control when more than 30 prisoners were shifted. While some of the prisoners were rumoured to be informers for Roopa, others were allegedly shifted fearing that they would disclose the illegal activities in prison to the investigating team.
Team to visit prison
Retired IAS officer Vinay Kumar, who has been recalled to head the probe issued by the state government, is expected to visit the prison on Monday.