Deputy inspector general (DIG) of prisons D Roopa, the whistleblower who exposed the VVIP treatment given to former AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala at the Bengaluru jail, has said that the chief minister of the state Siddaramaiah is singling her out even before the investigation is over.

The officer said that she is being targeted for speaking against the former AIADMK general secretary.

“It will be injustice if the CM is singling me out even before the investigation is over. The DGP spoke to police even before me. The junior officers are talking about the issue including the jail superintendent Krishnakumar. Isn’t this the violation of service rules” DIG Roopa said.

“I didn’t speak to media originally, the DG gave the details. So service rules should apply to all and not to one,” she added.

On Thursday, Sasikala was accused of bribing Karnataka Director General of Prisons (DGP) Satyanarayana Rao and city central jail officials for undue favours.

“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 4-year sentence in an illegal wealth case for allowing her special privileges,” said a local news channel quoting from Roopa submitted to the state government.

Roopa said 59-year-old Sasikala was getting royal treatment in the women’s cell where she has been lodged since February 15 to serve her sentence.

Co-convicts Sasikala’s sister-in-law Elavarasi and nephew V.K. Sudhakaran were also held guilty by a trial court in September 2014 and upheld by the Supreme Court on February 14 in the two-decade-old disproportionate assets case of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

(With IANS inputs)

First Published | 14 July 2017 4:39 PM
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