DGP Row: Siddaramaiah defends issuing notice to DGP Roopa

14 July, Mysuru

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah todaysaid that notice was issued to the Deputy Inspector General ofPolice (Prisons) D Roopa for going to media on alleged corruptionviolating the service rules which prohibits an employee from goingto press.

Speaking to newsmen at the airport here, the Chief Minister took exception to officials repeatedly speaking to the media and saidthat it was in violation of the services rules.

“The official is free to bring corruption issue with evidence ordocuments to the notice of the superior. But, repeatedly approachingthe media is prohibited and we have issued a notice to DIG (Prisons)Roopa for violating the rules,” he added.

On the report submitted by Ms Roopa, the Chief Minister said thatan inquiry has been ordered and retired IAS officer Vinay Kumarhas been appointed to probe into the allegations. “We want the probeto be completed at the earliest and if the contents of Ms Roopa’sreport were found to be true, action will be taken against theguilty, he added.

Ms Roopa report on rampant corruption in the prison and easyaccess to drugs besides preferential treatment to AIADMK interimgeneral secretary V K Sasikala in Parapanna Agrahara jail, wasallegedly leaked to the media, throwing the top echelons in thepolice department and the Government into a tizzy. It forced theChief Minister to get into damage control mode by ordering anHighlevel inquiry, as the report has also implicated the DirectorGeneral of Police (Prisons) H N Satyanarayana.

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