Not less than a week after DIG Roopa’s explosive letter alleging special treatment to VK Sasikala in Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara Central Prison created a huge controversy, the former has been transferred from prisons to traffic.
Roopa has been demoted to the post of commissioner of traffic and road safety.
She was transferred along with four other officials in what looked like a regular reshuffle of top cops.
The transfer comes just two days after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah issued notices to both DIG Roopa, and the officer that she has been involved in a very public spat with DG (Prisons) Satyanarayana Rao.
Siddaramaiah claimed that the transfers were an administrative process and it was not necessary to disclose everything to the media.
The Chief Minister had slammed both the DG and the DIG for the leaking of Roopa’s report to the media.
Last week, Roopa had submitted a report alleging bribery in the prison and said, “Sasikala has given Rs 1 crore bribe to Rao and another Rs 1 crore was distributed among officials, including the warden of the central jail, where she is serving four-year sentence in an illegal wealth case for allowing her special privileges.”
After D Roopa submitted a report alleging that Sasikala, the jailed AIADMK general secretary, was being extended several facilities in exchange for bribe, Rao had denied the allegation and accused Roopa of making public a report which should have been first submitted to him.
DGP Rao Defends Bribery Charges in 16-Page Report
Both Roopa and DGP (Prisons) Satyanarayana Rao have been at loggerheads after the former alleged that Rao had accepted a Rs 2 crore bribe. In response to the DIG’s report, Rao had submitted a 16-page report to the Home Department, in which he listed the developments from the day Roopa assumed charge as DIG (Prisons) till the day the letter was written.
The report stated that DIG resorted to leaking her report to the media as she was not given additional responsibilities, according to The News Minute.
“The report states that DIG was given the responsibility of supervising the Central Prison in Parappana Agarahara, the Open Air Prison in Tumakuru. However, DIG wanted additional responsibilities of the Dharwad, Kalaburgi, Ballari and Belagavi prisons,” DGP Satyanarayana Rao said.
According to the DGP, DIG had asked him for these additional responsibilities and he had directed her to take up the matter with the Home Department.
Roopa had filed another report later, alleging attempt to destroy evidence of facilities provided to the high profile politician earlier.