After Sasikala row, 32 convicts shifted out of Bengaluru central prison


Days after she exposed the VIP treatment given to AIADMK (Amma) chief and convict VK Sasikala in Bengaluru's Parappana Agrahara Central Prison, DIG Prisons D Roopa was transferred on Monday, CNNNews18 reported.

In the four-page report after visiting the central prison on July 10, Roopa said a special kitchen was functioning in the jail for Sasikala in violation of prison rules. "So guilty officers should be punished", DIG Roopa had said in communication to Rao. "Her repeated statements in the media (even on social media) has embarrassed the department".

The timing of the Rao's visit has raised many questions as it took place well before the visit of IAS officer Vinay Kumar, who has been appointed to probe into the allegations levelled by DIG (Prisons) D. Roopa. "If I am targeted for pointing out irregularities in the system, it is unfair". I suggested that there should be details and addresses of the prisoners and if possible, cross check the address. The report referred to "speculation" that Sasikala paid Rs 2 crores for privileges and her boss Rao could have been a beneficiary.

It has been alleged that the transfer was part of an alleged cover-up operation launched at the facility after the senior IPS officer forwarded a report alleging rampant corruption and abuse at the prison. The report also alleged that the jail staff had accepted bribes from Sasikala for allowing the installation of a makeshift kitchen in her cell and being provided with an inmate as a cook, The Hindu reported. "We have not provided any special treatment to Sasikala".

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This had led to a furore, with Rao accusing Moudgil of making baseless and wild allegations.

This room was set up next to the office of the Chief Superintendent of the Prisons. She reportedly also found efforts to destroy evidence by way of dismantling of facilities, breaking of CCTV cameras and making some cameras dysfunctional.

Roopa has been transferred to the traffic department as the Inspector General of Police and Commissioner for Traffic and Road Safety.