HAS SASIKALA CASE DIVIDEDED BANGALORE POLICE ?

After the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam essentially fractured into factions. Sasikala, a long time aide and confidant of the former CM, emerged as a leader of one of those factions. However, earlier this year, she along with her sister-in-law Elavarasi and nephew VK Sudhakaran, were found guilty in a two decade old disproportionate assets case and are serving a four-year sentence in a Bengaluru jail. The Supreme Court in February upheld the guilty verdict in by a trial court. Ads by ZINC Reports surfaced of her receiving special treatment inside the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison in Bengaluru. An IPS officer and Director inspector general (DIG) of prisons D Roopa submitted a report to Karnataka police Chief RK Dutta on Wednesday that alleged corruption and irregularities. The report mentioned Director General of Prisons HN Satyanarayana Rao as being aware of what was going on in the prison. The report stated that Sasikala was being provided an exclusive kitchen, which is a violation of the prison rules. The report stated that Sathyanarayana Rao was aware of the situation and was bribed – “There was a rumor that you are aware of it and were paid Rs 2 crore for this facility. All these allegations are unfortunate and hence you have to address the issue immediately and take action” the report stated in part. DGP Rao has refuted the allegations telling the media, “We have not provided any special treatment to Sasikala. She is like any other woman prisoner and lodged in the first floor of the women’s’ barrack. The allegations are baseless and there is no evidence for them.” He also denied ever accepting anything from any prisoner. The Bangalore Mirror in an investigative report validated some of the concerns of Roopa highlighting rampant corruption and exploitation in the prison system where prisoners were asked to deposit money through intermediaries, and that the VIP treatment was commonplace. Senior retired IAS Officer Vinay Kumar, who was appointed by the State government to look into the allegations stated in the report, began his probe by meeting Home Secretary Subash Chandra on Monday. Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi praised the courage of D Roopa saying, “We need more officers of the kind of D Roopa, the DIG (Prisons) of Karnataka, to inspire younger generation to be like her.  SIFY : 18th. July,17

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