DGP Row: Siddaramaiah Defends Issuing Notice to DGP Roopa

Mysuru:  Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today said that notice was issued to the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Prisons) D. Roopa for going to media on alleged corruption violating the service rules which prohibits an employee from going to press.

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

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

On the report submitted by DGP Roopa, the Chief Minister said that an inquiry has been ordered and retired IAS officer Vinay Kumar has been appointed to probe into the allegations.

“We want the probe to be completed at the earliest and if the contents of Roopa’s report were found to be true, action will be taken against the guilty,” he added.

Roopa report on rampant corruption in the prison and easy access to drugs besides preferential treatment to AIADMK interim General Secretary V.K. Sasikala in Parapanna Agrahara jail, was allegedly leaked to the media, throwing the top echelons in the police department and the government into a tizzy.

It forced the Chief Minister to get into damage control mode by ordering a high-level inquiry, as the report has also implicated the Director General of Police (Prisons) H.N. Satyanarayana.