Pans, Clothes & a Mosquito Net: What Sasikala’s Cell May Look Like
Photographs have been leaked to the media that purportedly show the cell in which VK Sasikala is lodged.
In what could cause a loss of face for the Karnataka government, photographs have been leaked to the media that purportedly show the cell in which AIADMK (Amma) General Secretary VK Sasikala is lodged.
The News Minute (TNM) has accessed photos that few officers in Bengaluru Central jail claim is proof to show that the convict in the Jayalalithaa Disproportionate Assets case has been provided with separate vessels, clothes, and even a cloth over her cell door to ensure privacy.
Deputy inspector general (DIG) Roopa, who was until Monday morning in the prisons department, was transferred by the Karnataka government just days after she made allegations against prison officials of taking a bribe from Sasikala.
‘Five Cells Cordoned Off For Use by Sasikala and Ilaivarasi’
According to sources, officer Roopa’s second report to the director general of police (DGP) says that an entire corridor with five cells has been cordoned off for use by Sasikala and Ilaivarasi, and her ‘helpers’ – other prison inmates assigned the job of caring for her.
The pictures show a well-stocked shelf with stainless steel vessels, several clothes, a cushioned mat, and a mosquito net. While Sasikala herself is not seen in the pictures, sources claim that this in fact is her cell, and that the pictures were taken without the convict’s knowledge.
TNM cannot confirm if these pictures are indeed from Sasikala’s cell or whether all the elements in the photographs are true or some have been photoshopped. Moreover, with IPS officers now being locked in a war of words, it is unclear whether there was any motive behind the leaks.
However, it is disturbing that a convict may be getting any special facilities at all.
There are chairs outside the cell, one of which has several bags on it.
There is also a white cotton cloth tied to the door of the cell, apparently to ensure that the inmate gets some privacy.
Special Treatment to ‘VIP Prisoners’ Like Telgi
Based on inputs from released prisoners, Public TV, a Kannada channel, reported that while such treatment was given to ‘VIP prisoners’, normal prisoners were housed in barracks of 30-35 convicts. These barracks are provided with four or five ceiling fans and a single water purifier for all the inmates, unlike the individual provisions made for inmates like stamp paper case convict Abdul Karim Telgi, the channel reported.
DIG Roopa’s report had also mentioned the special privileges given to Telgi.
Telgi gets a body massage from three-four convicts allegedly allotted for his personal service.DIG Roopa’s report
The channel had released a picture of a room which they claimed was Telgi's jail cell, showing an LED TV.
Ex-director general (Prisons) Satyanarayana Rao, though, had refuted these claims.
No one’s face is seen in the video. Besides, no special treatment is being given to anyone. Only the Supreme Court orders are being followed in Telgi’s case.Satyanarayana Rao
While DIG Roopa has said that she has taken videos showing the special privileges given to VIP prisoners at the jail, a source with knowledge about the issue told TNM:
The issue will blacken the names of many officials. What are the chances that the footage still exists? They would have obviously destroyed it. Without evidence, the investigation will conclude that there were no irregularities.
Roopa, in her report, had said that there were rumours that senior officials – including her reporting officer, former DG (Prisons) Satyanarayana Rao – had taken bribes amounting to Rs 2 crore, for providing special privileges to the convict.
Roopa’s report was leaked to the media, and an angry Karnataka government transferred her to the Traffic and Road Safety department on Monday.
Meanwhile, Prajaa TV claimed to have accessed an exclusive video of Sasikala inside the Parappana Agrahara jail.
In the video, Sasikala can be seen in a nightie, and not in prison uniform as is mandatory. The video also shows a glimpse of her “prison cell(s)”, in which her bed and other items can be seen. TNM could not independently verify the authenticity of the video.
Watch it below.
(This article was originally published in The News Minute. It has been republished with permission).
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