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 Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) Roopa, Karnataka


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

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