BENGALURU: Both the officials involved in the controversy over providing special amenties 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 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.According to the report, Roopa was transferred to the traffic and road safety department. However, Roopa refused to react to her transfer. Talking to News18, she said, ” I have not received the notice copy and will react only after receiving the copy of the letter.” Meanwhile, the state government’s notification said that NS Megharikh, Additional Director General of Police, Anti-Corruption Bureau, was transferred with immediate effect and posted as Additional DGP, Prisons, in place of Rao. However, the notification did not mention who will replace Roopa, while also remaining silent on the fate of Rao.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.
“Sasikala has given Rs 1 crore bribe to Rao and another Rs 1 crore was distributed among officials, including warden of the central jail where she is serving a four-year sentence in an illegal wealth case for allowing her special privileges,” said a local news channel that quoted Roopa.However, Rao denied them and accused Roopa of gross subordination. “I have served a memo to her (Roopa) seeking explanation and evidence to prove her wild allegations. She has not given any report to me or the government against me or other jail officials,” Rao told IANS.Roopa was also served notice by the state government asking her to explain why she reported the issue to the media.”It is absolutely against the rule book,” Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, expressing open displeasure over public comments by the Deputy Inspector of General (Prisons) in her report, which has also brought her superior and other prison officials under a cloud of bribery allegations.With inputs from agencies
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