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Sasikala jail perk row: Legal notice sent to DIG Roopa for ‘defaming’ DG Sathyanarayan Rao

Sasikala jail perk row: Legal notice sent to DIG Roopa for ‘defaming’ DG Sathyanarayan Rao

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Troubles for former deputy inspector general of police (DIG) (Prisons) Roopa do not cease to end as now a legal notice has been served to her by the lawyer of Director General (Prisons) G. Sathyanarayan Rao.

Roopa grabbed headlines when she, in a report, said that All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader V.K. Sasikala availed VIP treatment in the Parappana Agrahara Central prison by bribing jail officials.

Roopa has been given three days of time to reply an unconditional apology.

The notice said that DIG Roopa tried to “damage the integrity and reputation of Sathyanarayan Rao,” which according to law comes under defamation.

The notice also said that Rao will also be approaching the concerned Income Tax Department to find out the source from where the “alleged Rs. 2 crore were mobilised.”

The notice further said that Roopa also alleged that Sasikala had set up a private kitchen, where special food could be made for her, but as she failed to take snaps of the place, it only shows that the place was “non-existent” although she (Roopa) claims that the evidence was erased.

The notice said that Roopa has tried to defame the “whole system” of this country, including the President of the nation.

The six-page notice extensively talked about various issues concerning the case.

DIG Roopa has confirmed that she has received the notice.

Roopa, in a report to the Director General (Prisons), had said there are speculations that Sasikala paid bribe to prison officials to get special facilities for herself with rumours also of the DG being a beneficiary himself.

The report by the DIG (Prisons) had asserted that a bribe worth Rs. 2 crore was given to the prison officials by AIADMK chief VK Sasikala for, including the DG (Prisons), in order to avail special facilities in Parappana Agrahara central prison.

She was transferred to the traffic department as the Inspector General of Police and Commissioner for Traffic and Road Safety, after the statement.

Earlier on July 14, Roopa had also said she is being unnecessarily targetted and singled out for exposing irregularities at the Parappana Agrahara Central prison.

The DG (Prisons) categorically denied all the charges, where Roopa, maintained her stand, saying that she has no issue with an inquiry taking place into it. (ANI)