Sasikala VVIP row: Despite transfer, DIG Roopa stands by her report
DIG Roopa who exposed the special privileges meted out to corruption convict Sasikala at the Bengaluru Central Jail said that she stood by her report and that it is backed by evidence.
Days after her expose on special privileges to confidant of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, Sasikala, DIG Roopa has come out in defence of her report. "I stand by my report and there is evidence," she said.
Following the expose by DIG Roopa, the Karnataka government has ordered her transfer to a not-so coveted position of Commissioner of Traffic and Road Safety.
Despite the transfer, DIG Roopa continues to be strong and said that she was content with the support and feels blessed. Her expose was substantiated after a video emerged of scam convict Abdul Karim Telgi enjoying a luxurious massage in the prison.
PRIVILEGES TO SASIKALA
Sasikala who was supposed to be housed as a common inmate at the Bengaluru Central Jail, has been continuing with her queen-sized lifestyle behind the bars.
According to the report filed by DIG (prisons) D Roopa, Sasikala who is the prisoner number 9234, has as many as five cells in the prison to herself.
The report revealed that Sasikala had access to a separate kitchen, comfortable bedding and a flat screen TV. Most shocking of all is that Sasikala has an exclusive conference room with a table and revolving chair in the prison. The conference room is where Sasikala meets her visitors.
The report by DIG Roopa stated that Sasikala met nearly 81 visitors in the last 117 days, while according to the rules only one visitor is allowed in a fortnight. Most of the visitors arrived after the visiting hours are over.
Spread over a walled-area of 40 acres, the Parappana jail has double the number of inmates than it can incarcerate. Here about 150 prisoners share the same kitchen, bathrooms and other facilities.
Roopa's report to DGP (Prisons) Sathyanarayana Rao alleged that there were "talks" that Rs 2 crore exchanging hands to give "preferential treatment" to Sasikala.
While DIG Roopa's report made headlines for exposing the rot in the central jail, India Today has accessed a register with notes by the woman top cop after her first visit to the central jail on June 28. Incidentally, the notes suggest that the DIG had earlier given a clean chit to the jail officials.
In her notes she mentioned that she visited barracks of undertrials, hospital and kitchen facilities. The notes also mentioned that DIG Roopa spoke to undertrials below the age of 25 years. She even examined their daily routine and made valuable suggestions. DIG Roopa recommended that the inmates should be engaged with sports and that school text books to be provided to them. She even commended the overall hygiene and sanitation and instructed to to retain the same levels of quality and security.
On June 29, she submitted a report in which she mentioned about a doctor being assaulted inside the prison. The controversial report that lay bare the privileges to Sasikala were submitted on July 12. She submitted her second report on July 15.
Going by the timeline of the reports it seems that the Bengaluru Central Jail underwent several changes overnight. Now that DIG Roopa and DGP Sathyanarayana Rao has been shunted, it remains to be seen how the outcome of the probe unfolds.