Sasikala bribegate: HS Revanna replaces D Roopa as DIG Bengaluru

Retired IAS officer Vinay Kumar will probe charges of irregularities at the Bengaluru central prison in Parappana Agrahara including preferential treatment to AIADMK leader V K Sasikala. DH file

Speaking on the matter, Janata Dal (Secular) leader Tanveer Ahmed said that an independent judicial enquiry should be done in this case. The DGP consequently accused her of being of being "unaware of rules".

The government also transferred four other senior IPS officers along with Roopa. She alleged that flouting all norms, the prison authorities are providing Sasikala food from a special kitchen for her exclusive use.

The Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party leaders held a protest in front of the Parliament against the transfer of IPS officer D Roopa, who exposed the privileges given to AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala inside the Central Jail in Bengaluru.

Roopa has been transferred as the Commissioner of Road safety and transport while Rao and Krishna Kumar have not been allocated any new posting.

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The government had yesterday transferred Roopa and asked DGP (Prisons) H N Sathyanarayana Rao to go on compulsory leave after they sparred over a report on the allegations in public. The two women lived together, and when Ms Jayalalithaa died in hospital at the end of a year ago while still Chief Minister, her party, the AIADMK, shifted orbit overnight to Ms Sasikala, placing her in charge of all decisions as General Secretary, the outfit's top post. Whereas Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah while talking to media asserted that it is an administrative process and it is not necessary to disclose everything to the media. No special treatment is being given to Sasikala, she told reporters on Thursday.

The 2000 batch IPS officer was the first woman in the southern state to have been recently (June 23) appointed the DIG of Prisons Department. Abdul Karim Telgi, the kingpin of a multi-crore stamp paper fraud that hit the headlines about a decade earlier, was another.

A day after she was transferred to the traffic department, Karnataka police officer D Roopa on Tuesday said the government has the right to transfer officers and she was just following orders. There is also a talk that Rs 2 crore has been paid as bribe for this.

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