Jail Officials Defend Sasikala's Alleged VIP Treatment, CM Siddaramaiah Launches Probe

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| July 13 , 2017 , 15:09 IST

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has ordered an inquiry into allegations made by DIG Roopa that AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala has paid bribes to receive specialised treatment in the Bengaluru prison where she is an inmate, while DGP (prisons) HSN Rao defended the so-called VIP treatment meted out to Sasikala.

DIG Roopa in a letter to Rao alleged that Sasikala paid Rs 2 crore as a bribe to jail officials including Rao himself to get extra benefits such as a special kitchen to cook food for her separately. In the letter, Roopa claimed that other convicts such as Abdul Kareem, accused in a stamp paper scam, also get special facilities such as massages.

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The DIG also alleged that drugs flow freely in the prison, as after conducting drug tests on 25 inmates, 18 tested positive for ganja (cannabis).

In the wake of allegations of corruption in the jail, CM Siddaramaiah tweeted: We have taken serious cognizance of the allegation of irregularities in Bengaluru Central Prison & ordered a high-level inquiry.

Protesting against the allegations, Rao said “Forget 2 crore, we have not even taken 2 paisa from anyone. We have to ensure that Sasikala is not poisoned,” defending the need of separate kitchens for the politician.

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“Ganja in prison is not new. Every time new inmates are taken in, people try to smuggle ganja. We are constantly trying to stop this,” said the DGP.

HSN Rao instead lashed out against Roopa, claiming that she was unaware of the 'rules and ways' of the prison.

“Certain things in jail are sensitive and this must be kept out of public eye. Who is she (Roopa) to make allegations against me? For the last 20 days she has not given me any report, verbally or in writing,” said Rao.