Rubbishing the allegations of taking bribe for giving special treatment to AIADMK General Secretary and convict VK Sasikala Natarajan in jail, Karnataka Director General of Prisons (DGP) Satyanarayana Rao on Thursday said that there was “no truth” in the letter and charges claimed by Deputy Inspector of Prisons (DIG) Roopa Moudgil.
“Totally deny bribe allegations, no truth to any allegations in the letter,” said Satyanarayana Rao.
In a letter submitted to the state government, Roopa Moudgil accused of bribing Director Satyanarayana Rao and the other city jail officials for taking favours to the tune of Rs 2 crores.
“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 4-year sentence in an illegal wealth case for allowing her special privileges,” alleged Roopa Moudgil.
Speaking on the allegations of giving special treatment to Sasikala in the Bengaluru central prison, Rao said that he was involved in nothing wrong and only following the orders given by the court.
“Court had ordered to give assistance to her, we are only following court orders,” he said.
Rao also said asserted that if she (Roopa) has observed something in prison she should discuss it with the authority.
Maintaining his stand of not involved in anything illegal, Rao said that if DIG Roopa Moudgil “thinks there are allegations against me, I’m open to probe”.
“I have served a memo to 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 added.
Sasikala was ordered to serve a four-year jail term in a 21-year-old disproportionate assets case by the Supreme Court. The 59-year-old AIADMK leader has been lodged in jail since February 15.