HC orders ACB not to take coercive action against ex-prisons chief

The High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday restrained the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) from taking any coercive action against former DGP (Prisons) H N Satyanarayana Rao.

Rao has petitioned the court against the state government's February 26, 2018, order asking the ACB to register a case against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. He has urged the court to quash the FIR. 

Justice Raghvendra Chauhan, who heard the petition, ordered the ACB not to take coercive action against him. The judge ordered Rao to cooperate in the investigation. 

The state government had directed the ACB to investigate the allegations made by then DIGP (Prisons) D Roopa in a report to the ACB that she had come across many irregularities in the Bengaluru Central Prison at Parappana Agrahara and that she heard Rao was one of the beneficiaries of the Rs 2-crore bribe paid by the convicted AIADMK leader V K Sasikala to get VVIP treatment in the prison.

In the petition, Rao referred to the statement he gave to the investigating officer on July 25, 2017, that he was only following the chief minister's orders. He said two representations were submitted to him about providing class-I facilities to Sasikala but he rejected them citing the Karnataka Prison Manual.

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