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Being targeted for exposing irregularities at Parappana Jail: DIG Prisons Roopa

15 July, 2017, 23:04 | Author: Nadine Todd
  • Kiran Bedi. File

Talking to reporters in Bengaluru the day after she exposed senior jail officials for allegedly taking bribe to provide facilities to Sasikala feels letdown by the Government and finds that she has been targeted.

As reported by the New Indian Express, Rao visited Parappana Agrahara Central Prison in Bengaluru and ordered some changes to be made in the prison.

Mrs. Roopa told Deccan Chronicle in an exclusive interview that during her visit to Sasikala's cell, she had video recorded evidence on a handycam, which backed her claims of preferential treatment to Ms. Sasikala but the film was "deleted" by some officials in the prison. She says that she is willing to co-operate with the probe all the way, but insists that it be thorough and fair.

At the same time, the CM said that a notice has been served on Roopa for violating the rule that high level officials should not make public confidential information relating to their departments. "But, the handycam came to me, it was found blank with no videos", she told DC.

"I welcome the reporting of corruption in the system, but Roopa is going to the media before raising it in the police department".

"This is another feather in the cap of Tamil Nadu Government".

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.

DIG Roopa said that the video had evidence of special treatment meted out to Sasikala. The State's top jail department official also asserted that Sasikala had been put up in an "ordinary open women's barracks on the first floor".

VK Sasikala is serving a four-year jail term after being convicted in the Disproportionate Assets (DA) case.

Days after she alleged corruption and mismanagement in Bengaluru Central jail, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has issued a notice to DIG (prisons) D Roopa, asking her not to comment on the matter before the media.

According to Roopa's report, Sasikala's wasn't the only beneficiary. Ms. Roopa also said that besides a special kitchen, Sasikala was provided with a separate gallery to meet her visitors.

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