Taking cognizance of the reports of AIADMK General Secretary and convict VK Sasikala Natarajan getting VIP treatment at the Bengaluru Central Prison in exchange for a bribe of Rs 2 crore, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has promised to probe into the charges levied by Deputy Inspector of Prisons (DIG) Roopa Moudgil.
“We have taken serious cognizance of the allegation of irregularities in Bengaluru Central Prison and ordered a high level inquiry,” said Siddaramaiah.
Speaking further, Siddaramaiah requested people to wait for the outcome of the inquiry asserting that a strict action will be taken against any person found guilty of wrongdoing in the case.
The case came to light when DIG of Prisons D Roopa in a letter submitted to the state government accused the Director General of Police and Inspector General of Prisons Sathyanarayan Rao and the other city jail officials for taking money and providing Sasikala with a private kitchen and other facilities.
“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.