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TAMIL NADU, July 13 (Agencies): A report by the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) (Prisons) D. Roopa has asserted that a bribe worth Rs. 2 crore was given to the prison officials, including the Director General (Prisons) in order to avail special facilities to All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary V.Sasikala in Parappana Agrahara central prison.

Roopa, in a report to Director General (Prisons) H.N. Satyanarayana Rao, has said there are speculations that Sasikala paid bribe to prison officials to get special facilities for herself with rumours also of the DG being a beneficiary himself. The letter, apart from the information about Sasikala, also talks about many other illegal instances inside the prison. A special kitchen has been set up for Sasikala, which is against the rule of the jail.

Roopa has also mentioned about stamp paper scam accused Abdul Kareem too getting special facilities. "Earlier, he was on wheelchair and court allowed people for his assistance. But now, when he is fine, why is this continuing? In fact, three or four undertrials are there to serve him, who even gave him hands and feet massage," the letter stated.

She also mentioned that she got medical check-up of jail inmates done and in the drug test it has come to light that many convict prisoners are using various types of drug kits in the jail. She even exposed that a prisoner in the jail had tried to sexually assault a nurse in the hospital while he was bought for check-up, but no action taken over it.

Roopa even pointed out that prisoners are harassing doctors to prepare fake report stating they be shifted to hospital citing health reasons.

She also said that the DGP was trying to interfere with her work. She said a memo was sent by the DGP to her seeking an explanation on why she went to Central Jail on July 10.

Roopa has sent the report to additional chief secretary DGP prisons and home secretary too to take a disciplinary action against the guilty.

Director General (Prisons) H.N. Satyanarayana Rao on Thursday categorically denied all the allegations levelled by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) (Prisons) D. Roopa in a report regarding former All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary V. Sasikala getting VIP treatment in Parappana Agrahara central prison as well as other ongoing illegal activities there.

Rao said the allegations are absolutely false and baseless.

"If she had some doubts, she should have first come to me and talk about it. Instead, she went to the media and showed everything. Whatever she has written in the letter is false," Rao said in a press conference here.

Reacting on the memo charges levelled by Roopa that stated she was asked for an explanation of her visiting the jail, he said he had sent her two memos - one for not showing photos publically as it leads to disruption in the working of prison, and the second for going to jail instead of attending the Chief Minister's event.

Regarding the Rs. 2 crore bribe allegation, he said let alone amount, they have not even given any relaxation in the laws of visitation.

"We have not made any changes to who can go and meet. No relaxation in the laws at all," he clarified.

"I only gave her authorisation to visit the jail. Had I had anything to hide, I would not have allowed her," he added.

The DG further said they would take action against DIG Roopa.

News Updated at : Friday, July 14, 2017
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