Bengaluru: Roopa at loggerheads with superintendent - faces hostility at prison

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)

Bengaluru, Jul 16: The report submitted by DIG (Prisons), Roopa, mentions about an office room provided to AIDMK general secretary, V K Sasikala, and a cook provided to her at her cell. Sasikala often holds court with visitors for which purpose four additional chairs have been provided, Roopa has said. The report also mentions that this office is adjacent to the office of a female jail superintendent.

In the case of Sasikala, rules were routinely violated relating to number of visitors, timings etc. The report also says that similar facilities have been extended to some high profile inmates of the prison.

Roopa and director general of police (prisons), Satyanarayana Rao, visited the prison separately on Saturday July 15, a few hours apart. In a separate report, Roopa has accused two jail staffers of inciting some jail inmates to raise slogans and hold protest against her during her visit. She has sought strict action against them. She reportedly also found efforts to destroy evidence by way of dismantling of facilities, breaking of CCTV cameras and making some cameras dysfunctional. It is said that Roopa had got certain footage recorded through video camera and asked one of the jail staff to forward the same to her. When questioned later, the said employee reportedly said she was asked not to send the recording, much of which has been found to have been deleted now.

In the meanwhile, chief jail superintendent Krishnakumar, has filed a complaint with the DGP against Roopa. During the period Roopa visited the prison, it is learnt, there was a verbal spat between her and Krishnakumar. Roopa has endorsed copies of her second report, original of which was addressed to Satyanarayana Rao, to director general of police R K Dutta, chief secretary, home secretary, and head of Anti Corruption Bureau.

It is said that the government is considering the option of transferring Roopa out of the prison department as she continues to give vent to her opinions in social websites even after having been warned against airing her view on irregularities in prisons in public.