Bengaluru, July 17: Days after Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) D. Roopa Moudgil exposed how AIADMK leader VK Sasikala was allegedly enjoying luxuries in jail after paying a bribe, the officer has been transferred to the department of traffic on Monday. State Power Minister, D K Shivakumar while talking to CNN News 18 said the officer should not have gone to the press. Earlier, she was served notice for sharing her report with media. Chief Minister Siddaramaih was reportedly unhappy with the state of affairs. Responding to the transfer, Janta Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy said the action shows the Congress wants to protect the guilty in the matter.
In the four-page report in Kannada, Moudgil alleged that convict Sasikala had paid Rs 2 crore to prison officials, including Director General of Prisons H.N. Satyanarayana Rao and jail warden, for special privileges such as a special menu, special chefs and a special kitchen adjacent to her cell in the prison’s women’s ward.
“As I said before, I stand by my report. Let there be an inquiry into the charges and even on how it (report) reached the media. I have not discussed it with anyone. I will respond to the notice when I receive it,” Moudgil said.
Sasikala, 59, is in the Parpanna Agrahara Central Jail since February 15 to serve a four-year sentence after she was found guilty and convicted by a trial court in September 2014 in the two decades old illegal wealth case of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa. Though the Karnataka High Court had acquitted her, the Supreme Court on February 14, 2017 upheld the conviction and sentencing.
(With inputs from IANS)