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Sasikala Gets VIP Care in Bengaluru Jail, Report Mentions Bribe 'Rumours'

The letter to DGP of prisons HSN Rao said there were rumours that Sasikala paid Rs 2 crore as bribe to jail officials, including the DGP himself, to get these illegal benefits.

Deepa Balakrishnan | CNN-News18deepab18

Updated:July 13, 2017, 9:52 AM IST
Bengaluru: A senior IPS officer in Karnataka has alleged AIADMK leader VK Sasikala is getting VIP treatment in jail, and that there are rumours she paid huge bribes to officials for this.

DIG Roopa, in her recent report to her boss, said Sasikala - who is housed at a prison in Bengaluru in a corruption case - is getting facilities, including a special kitchen counter to cook food for her.

The letter to DGP of prisons HSN Rao said there were rumours that Sasikala paid Rs 2 crore as bribe to jail officials, including the DGP himself, to get these illegal benefits.

The report, accessed by CNN-News18, also said other convicts, like stamp paper scam accused Abdul Kareem, too get special facilities. Telgi has three undertrials assigned to give him a massage.

"Since such grave allegations and rumours are doing the rounds and even cast aspersions at you, I urge you to take heed of this and take strict action against any jail staff or officials or others who are involved," her letter concluded.

Following are the important excerpts from her letter:

1) A special kitchen set up for VK Sasikala, violating jail rules.

2) There are rumours that this issue was brought to your (DG's) notice and yet this is being continued. It is being said that Rs 2 crore bribe has been paid by her to ensure her comfort in the jail. Such accusations are grave, and I request you to pay heed and take action against errant officials.

3) You (DGP) have been interfering with my work ever since I took charge. On 11th July, I got your memo that sought explanation on why I went to Central Jail on 10th July. I have full powers to enquire into happenings in the Central Jail -- but such memos sent by you require introspection on the functioning of the jail administration itself.

4) Convicts like Abdul Kareem Telgi have enjoyed the comfort of three or four undertrials to serve him, even do tasks like massage his feet. Six months ago, he needed assistance of a wheelchair, and court allowed it. But why are undertrials assigned to help him in his cell now? I believe you too are able to watch this on the CCTV connected to your chamber. Why has no action been taken?

5) On 29th June, ten medical staff, including the chief medical officer, were attacked by one inmate. The inmate even tried to hit the chief medical officer with an iron stool. The guard on duty was missing. No action against him as yet.

6) We tested 25 inmates for drugs on suspicion; shockingly, 18 of them tested positive for ganja. However, no action has been taken to curb free flow of ganja in jail premises.

7) Jail inmates are deployed to manage medical records -- so some records to be presented in court go missing.

8) Jail inmates are also deployed at the jail pharmacy -- and certain medicines like sleeping pills are given out easily.

9) Doctors are threatened by inmates to give reports that enable them to be admitted to hospitals outside the jail -- they even face life threats. No action by jail officials.

10) HSN Rao said he is not aware of such allegations as the report never reached him. He told News18 it is impossible that Sasikala could get a special treatment. He also said he had asked DIG Roopa for an explanation, which he hasn't received till date.

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| Edited by: Mirza Arif Beg
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