2K-page probe report on jail irregularities submitted to Karnataka govt

2K-page probe report on jail irregularities submitted to Karnataka govt

Retired IAS officer Vinay Kumar has submitted a report to the state government on the alleged special treatment meted out to expelled AIADMK leader V K Sasikala and other "erroneous" practices at Bengaluru Central Prisons at Parappana Agrahara.

Kumar met chief secretary Subhash Chandra Khuntia on October 21 and submitted a 2000-page enquiry report.

"I collected information, questioned several people and finalised the report," he told DH.

However, he, refused to divulge details of the report and said that authorities concerned would act on the report.

Kumar was appointed by the sate government to conduct an enquiry after IPS officer D Roopa highlighted in a report the alleged special privileges given to Sasikala and others inside central jail.

He collected report submitted by Roopa, who had alleged irregularities and destruction of evidence. He was also been given the copies of the show-cause notices issued to the officials for the alleged lapses, sources said.

The government had transferred Roopa and asked DGP (Prisons) H N Sathyanarayana Rao to go on compulsory leave after they sparred in public over a report on the allegations.

The government also shifted Bengaluru Central jail chief superintendent Krishna Kumar, who has been blamed in the report by Roopa for alleged illegal activities in the prison.

In a report submitted on July 12, 2017 to Rao, Roopa had said there was "a talk" that Rs two crore had changed hands to give preferential treatment to Sasikala and there were allegations against him also. Rao had rubbished the charges as "absolutely false, baseless and wild."

Roopa had also said a special kitchen was functioning in the jail for Sasikala, in violation of the prison rules.

Sasikala has been lodged at Parappana Agrahara prison after her conviction in the disproportionate assets case in February, along with her two relatives V N Sudhakaran and Elavarasi, all serving a 4-year term.

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