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After Sasikala row, 32 convicts shifted out of Bengaluru central prison

H D Kumaraswamy

Refraining from commenting on the transfer of Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) D. Roopa over a report stating about the irregularities going on in the central prison, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday said it is not necessary to disclose everything to media.

In her first report, DIG Roopa had exposed the corrupt activities carried out in the city central jail, claiming that her senior DGP Sathyanarayana Rao and other officials had received a bribe of Rs 2 crore to provide special treatment to Sasikala. Things changed completely today after Roopa Moudgil has been asked to move to the Road Safety and Traffic department. She accused her senior officials of taking Rs 2 crore as a bribe from Sasikala in return for preferential treatment.

"It is absolutely against the rule book", Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, expressing open displeasure over public comments by the Deputy Inspector of General (Prisons) in her report, which has also brought her superior and other prison officials under a cloud of bribery allegations.

"In view of this (service rule) violation, the government issued notice to both the officers". He has also been transferred, but without charge, as he is set to retire at the end of the month. No special treatment is being given to Sasikala, she told reporters on Thursday. "We had recorded all these on camera but it looks like they are deleted now", reads the report according to the source. Rao's visit raised eyebrows as it came just a day after a probe has been ordered by the government into the allegations raised by Roopa.

On July 14, Roopa had also said she is being unnecessarily targetted and singled out for exposing irregularities at the Parappana Agrahara Central prison.

Even though there was a demand for inquiry against her, Roopa had said that she stands by her words. The tension escalated to the extent that she had to leave the jail premises in a hurry.