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Sasikala VIP treatment: DIG transferred to traffic department, JDS lambasts govt.

17 July 2017

D Roopa, the whistle-blower police officer in Karnataka who reported about AIADMK Chief VK Sasikala enjoying VIP facilities in prison in Bengaluru, and her senior, have both been transferred, media reports said. Some complained that they had to pay a bribe to get into good barracks and also that they were assaulted by staff and other prisoners, sources said.

Siddaramaiah said she could have approached any of her superiors about her charges against senior officials and that her allegations before the mainstream and social media has brought embarrassment to the police department.

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"All these allegations are unfortunate and hence you have to address the issue immediately and take action..." the DIG requested Rao in her report. "We want the probe to be completed at the earliest and if the contents of Roopa's report were found to be true, action will be taken against the guilty", he added.

"The Home Department told her to contact me and she once again requested me the second time".

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In the four-page report in Kannada, Moudgil alleged that convict Sasikala had paid Rs 2 crore to prison officials, including Director General of Prisons H.N. Satyanarayana Rao and jail warden, for special privileges such as a special menu, special chefs and a special kitchen adjacent to her cell in the prison's women's ward. "I didn't speak to media originally, the DG gave the details".

The officer's report based on her inspection on 10 July, however, leaked out, forcing Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to announce an inquiry into her controversial findings.

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He denied giving special treatment to Sasikala or accepting any bribe. In a separate report, Roopa has accused two jail staffers of inciting some jail inmates to raise slogans and hold protest against her during her visit. Visited admission room and prison entry. In the wake of these allegations, DGP Rao asked the officials to monitor the CCTV and also record it round-the-clock. She is now transferred as the Deputy inspector general of Police and Commissioner for traffic and road Safety, Bengaluru with immediate effect.

Sasikala VIP treatment: DIG transferred to traffic department, JDS lambasts govt.