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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Sasikala jail bribery row: Karnataka cop Roopa Moudgil sued for Rs 20-crore by former boss
Unmoved, Roopa says she sticks to the graft charges against her former boss
Whistle-blower IPS officer Roopa D
Moudgil said she would persist with her demand for the Anti-Corruption Bureau
to probe into her accusations of corruption against her former boss and (Retd)
Prison DGP HNS Rao, on Tuesday.
She also added that she would go to
the extent of accessing the fact-finding report by former IAS officer Vinay
Kumar. The report, exposing corruption at the Parappana Agrahara Prison, has
already been submitted to the government.
Rao sued her for defamation to the
tune of Rs 20 crore at city civil court last week and his lawyer BN Jayadeva
said that the matter was taken up on Monday and the court had ordered for a
legal notice to be issued to Roopa.
"The main crux of the matter is
the mental agony and defamation suffered by former DGP Rao because of her
allegations. We had earlier given time to the party if she wanted to apologise
for her statements, but she did not do so. We moved the court on last Thursday
(Nov 23). The notice would be issued in the coming days.
The matter has been posted to
January," Jayadeva added.
Roopa told BM she was yet to receive
any legal communication, but retorted that Rao seemed to have been emboldened
by the fact that retired IAS officer Vinay Kumar's report would be focussing on
the state of affairs at Parappana Agrahara prison and not probing into the
corruption and officials responsible for it.
"I am yet to receive any
communication regarding the defamation suite. It seems Rao decided to go ahead
and sue me after he realised that the report was not focussing on the
corruption aspect. I will access the report through RTI. The corruption angle
at the prison should be investigated," said Roopa, Commissioner for
Traffic and Road Safety.
Roopa was earlier posted as DIG
prison when she alleged that Rao had received RS 2 crore from former AIADMK
leader V Sasikala to ensure special treatment and privileges for her at the
prison. She also claimed that certain prisoners like fake stamp scam kingpin
Abdul Karim Telgi were being given VIP treatment inside the prison.
Roopa's allegations had stirred up a
storm nationally, resulting in the transfer of both herself and Rao out of the
prison department. The government also appointed retired IAS officer Vinay
Kumar to conduct a fact-finding mission at the prison and submit a detailed
report to the government.
"The committee would have definitely
found the special treatment and illegalities at the prison but it is not
expected to investigate those responsible for it. Some of the key people and
prisoners I had mentioned were not even called up for recording their
statement," Roopa added.
She already submitted two reports on
corruption at the prison to ACB and has also given a detailed reply to the
Bureau after it issued a notice to her seeking more details on July 31. Rao had
earlier claimed that he would move court against Roopa and file her defamation
for her corruption allegations against him.BM