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.
Karnataka government has transferred D Roopa, the Bengaluru DIG Prisons, to traffic department as commissioner for Road Safety and Traffic. Four senior IPS officers have also been transferred along with Roopa. The decision comes right after the DIG Prisons revealed how preferential treatment is being given to Sasikala in exchange for bribes.
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Bengaluru Parappana Agrahara Central prison is where Sasikala is to serve four years of prison time. D Roopa had accused the IGP of Prisons, H. N. Sathyanarayana Rao, of accepting a bribe of Rs. 2 crore from Sasikala to give her VIP treatment.
A local news channel had quoted D Roopa saying,
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.
On one hand, where Karnataka’s Chief Minister, Siddatamaiah, 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,
Surprised. I think this government (Karnataka government) wants to protect illegal activities.
Additional Director General of Police, Anti-Corruption Bureau, NS Megharikh, was transferred with immediate effect and posted as Additional DGP Prisons.
Roopa’s replacement has not been specified in the notice. She is silent on the matter of the transfer and said to News 18 that she will react after receiving a copy of the letter.
Rao had rubbished the allegations and counter-accused D Roopa of “gross subordination”. A notice was served to her by the state government demanding an explanation as to why this matter was reported to the media.