Sasikala got VIP treatment, given five rooms in Central Jail

24 July, Bengaluru

The jail authorities at Parappana Agrahara here,who are facing serious corruption charges, had allotted as many asfive rooms in the new building of the Central jail to AIADMK leader V K Sasikala and she was accorded special treatment.

Sources said that this was revealed by new ADGP S Megharik andDIG Revanna before the Public Affairs Committee headed by formerDeputy Chief Minister R Ashok, which had held its meeting last week.

The two officials replaced Mr Satyanarayana Rao and Ms D Roopawho held the two positions earlier and were transferred followingthe unearthing of the major scam.

Following a report submitted by Ms Roopa alleging that a bribe ofRs two crore was given to jail officials by the AIADMK leader andnotorious Fake Stamp Paper Scam main accused Abdul Karim Telgi wasalso given special treatment in return for money, the Karnatakagovernment had transferred both the officials and ordered a highlevel inquiry.

Sources said that Mr Megharik and Mr Revanna had told theCommittee that indeed Ms Sasikala and Telgi were given specialtreatment. After he took over, he had taken stringent steps to checksuch corrupt practices in the jail, Mr Megharik reportedly told the Committee.

Ms Roopa had alleged in her report that Ms Sasikala was givenspecial treatment and the jail authorities had allowed her to have aspecial kitchen in her cell and some of the inmates drafted to serveher and make dishes of her preference. She had also alleged thatformer ADGP and other top officials had accepted a bribe of Rs two crore.

This had led to the transfer of both top officials besides ChiefJail Superintendent Krishna Kumar who was also shunted out.

Reports said special treatment given to the two high profileinmates were immediately withdrawn after unearthing of the scam.

While Ms Sasikala is serving a four year term after a courtverdict in the Disproportionate Assets Case involving late TamilNadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, Telagi is facing a large numberof cases involving in fake stamp paper scam that ran into thousandsof crores rupees and serving a long term from the cases decided so far.

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