Footage shows Sasikala entering jail in civilian clothes

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 21, 2017

The video, whose authenticity could not be verified by Hindustan Times, purportedly showed her walking into the jail in civilian clothes.

Though it is unclear when the footage was taken and which portion of the jail it is from, the video has raised questions on whether Sasikala and Ilavarasi had left the Central Prison in connivance with prison officials. The Superintendent of the Women's Prison escorted them into the campus.

Things changed completely after DIG Roopa submitted a report to the higher authorities about the special treatment of Sasikala.

Former Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Prisons D Roopa, who was transferred days after she alleged that AIADMK leader VK Sasikala bribed senior jail officials to get VIP treatment in the Bengaluru jail, has submitted a CCTV footage to Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) that reportedly shows the politician entering the jail in civilian clothes. The Indian Police Service officer submitted 74 enclosures as evidence in order to confirm the charges.

According to the reports published in The Hindu, when D. Roopa was contacted, it was confirmed that she already gave the evidence to the Anti-Corruption Bureau on Saturday. The clip being circulated on social media has sparked suspicions that the AIADMK chief, who is serving a sentence at the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison after being convicted in a disproportionate assets case, is being allowed to leave the jail. Roopa cleared that the video footage showcases male guards who are not allowed into the women prisons.

In her four-page report after visiting the central prison on July 10, Roopa had said a special kitchen was functioning in the jail here for Sasikala, a convict in a corruption case, in violation of the rules. Roopa even cleared that the entire video footage has been in the database of the Bengaluru prison.

Ex-DIG of Prisons D Roopa had alleged Sasikala paid bribe for VIP treatment in jail.

Following the explosive allegations, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah had ordered a probe.

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