Siddaramaiah orders probe into ‘special facilities’ for Sasikala in jail
BENGALURU: Karnataka Minister Siddaramaiah ordered Thursday a high-level investigation of the “special” facilities planned for the AIADMK secretary-general, taken to jail, in exchange for an alleged bribe came Rs 2 crore to officials of High rank of the prison department.
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Authorities should also have tolerated drug trafficking at Parappana Agrahara prison.
The Minister of Law of Karnataka, TB Jayachandra, requested a report from the Ministry of the Interior. The order of the probe is a letter presented by DIG (prisons) Roopa D for DGP (prisons) HN Sathyanarayana Rao.
Roopa claimed that Sasikala had received special kitchen and other facilities by the prison staff. The report Roopa, Rao challenged by the DGP itself provoked a war of words among the state’s top officials.
Roopa also alleged that Abdul Karim Telgi convicted in the stamp role scam, received as deputy assistants. The DIG also accused prison officials of not reviewing the flow of drugs in jail.
The DIG letter has also created a furore in neighboring Tamil Nadu with DMK and other opposition parties attacking the AIADMK government on the issue. BJP also joined, blaming Siddaramaiah, who holds the purse of the house, for the alleged poor state of prisons.
With the problem of snow making in the controversy, Siddaramaiah quickly entered the damage control mode. “We know that allegations in Bangalore central prison and strict measures will be taken against anyone found guilty of misconduct,” he said in Raichur.
However, he is not interested in knowing what would lead to the investigation or deadline for completion of the probe.
The letter from the DIG noted between the police and prison staff. Although some, including a former “powerful” IPS officer will be gathered behind Roopa and congratulated for raising the issue of alleged corruption in the prison service staff, in the medium term in the prison department has denied the Accusations and expressed his solidarity with Rao.
Some see the whole episode as a mere clash of personalities. “This is not a conflict of egos between the two senior officers who extend … and cause embarrassment for everyone,” a senior police officer said.