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Top cop alleges huge corruption in Bengaluru jail involving Sasikala

In a disturbing revelation, a top prison department official in Karnataka has accused that authorities in Parappana Agrahara central jail in the city had received monetary benefits from AIADMK leader V K Sasikala to provide her 'special benefits'.

Top cop alleges huge corruption in Bengaluru jail involving Sasikala
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V K Sasikala

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In a report submitted to Karnataka IGP R K Dutta, DIG (Prisons) D Roopa has accused that the high-profile prisoner was provided a special kitchen and other VIP amenities after she allegedly paid Rs two crore to jail authorities.

She had alleged that her immediate boss, Director General of Police (Prisons) H N Sathyanarayana Rao, and other senior officials and staff of the prison had indulged in gross irregularities and corrupt practices.

However, Mr Rao refuted the allegations and said he had not received copies of any such report.

In the report Ms Roopa had sought a detailed probe into gross violations of prison rules, including corrupt practices in prison.

She stated that Mr Rao and a few other senior officials had allegedly received Rs 2 crore from Ms Sasikala's aides for providing VIP treatment to her in the jail.

It emerged that Ms Sasikala, who is serving a four year jail term in the infamous Jayalalithaa wealth case, has been provided with an inmate as a cook and to do her daily chores. The prison staff have also helped her set up a kitchen in her cell, which amounts to gross violation of prison rules and manual.

In her report, the police official highlighted violation of eight prison rules. She stated that Ms Sasikala has been getting special treatment and there are allegations that Rs 2 crore has changed hands between her aides and senior jail officials. Hence, it is imperative and his (DGP Prisons') responsibility that he clear his name of these allegations, she mentioned in her report.

Mr Rao however refuted allegations and said the Tamil Nadu political leader was not given any special treatment. "I have not seen this report. If she (Ms Roopa) goes to the press and make false and baseless allegations, then the department will take suitable action," he said today.

He maintained that there was no report submitted to anybody, including a verbal one. He said that he had issued a memo to the DIG recently with regard to a few issues including her not attending the Chief Minister's review meeting held recently.

Ms Roopa had also alleged in her report that another prisoner and notorious fake stamp paper don Abdul Telagi, who is serving a long jail sentence, was also been given special treatment, while drugs including ganja was being smuggled into the prison in large quantities.

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