Days after she exposed the VIP treatment given to AIADMK (Amma) chief and convict VK Sasikala in Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara Central Prison, DIG Prisons D Roopa was transferred on Monday. Karnataka DGP (Prisons) HN Sathyanarayana Rao, accused of accepting bribes from the Jayalalithaa aide, was also transferred with immediate effect.
The price of honesty is paid with immediate transfers in the country. At least this is what people are saying in the case of D Roopa who recently exposed the VIP treatment given to convicted AIADMK chief, VK Sasikala. D Roopa has been tagged as a “whistle blower” by those who admired her initiative; however, the state government seems to move against the current.
This is her transfer order:
According to the report, Roopa was transferred to the traffic and road safety department. However, Roopa refused to react to her transfer. She said, ” I have not received the notice copy and will react only after receiving the copy of the letter.” Meanwhile, the state government’s notification said that NS Megharikh, Additional Director General of Police, Anti-Corruption Bureau, was transferred with immediate effect and posted as Additional DGP, Prisons, in place of Rao. However, the notification did not mention who will replace Roopa, while also remaining silent on the fate of Rao.
“Sasikala has given Rs 1 crore bribe to Rao and another Rs 1 crore was distributed among officials, including warden of the central jail where she is serving a four-year sentence in an illegal wealth case for allowing her special privileges,” said a local news channel that quoted Roopa.
On one hand, where Karnataka’s Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, called it an “administrative process” which doesn’t require anything to be revealed to the media, the former CM of the state, HD Kumaraswamy, has reacted to the transfer saying,
In her four-page report after visiting the central prison on July 10, Roopa had said a special kitchen was functioning in the jail here for Sasikala, a convict in a corruption case, in violation of the rules.
With inputs from various agencies.