Senior police official threatens whistleblower with legal action
Demands unconditional apology from officer who alleged that corrupt politician was receiving VIP treatment in prison in exchange for bribes
A former deputy inspector general of prisons who made headlines when she alleged that controversial AIADMK leader V K Sasikala was receiving VIP treatment in jail has been threatened with legal action.
Director General of Police Sathyanarayana Rao said he will take D Roopa to court if she fails to issue an unconditional apology for the bribery accusation she made against him.
Rao issued legal notices to Roopa for making the bribery accusation and for leaking her report to the media. She alleged that Rao had received Rs2 crore (US$3,100) from Sasikala, who is serving a sentence for corruption in Bangalore’s Parappana Agrahara central prison, in exchange for VIP treatment.
After Roopa made the allegation, she was transferred to the post of commissioner for road safety and traffic and Rao was asked to go on leave.
The Times of India reported that Rao, who denied the allegation in the seven-page notice, asked her to tender an unconditional apology within three days of receiving the missive. If she fails to do so, he said he will bring criminal and civil cases against her, and seek Rs50 crore (US$78,000) in damages.
Rao’s notice read, “You claim that you have taken pictures of irregularities inside the prison. But you have not taken the picture of Sasikala’s separate kitchen and other royal facilities, which are the prime subject of your allegations. You could not take pictures because nothing like that existed.
“You are required to get an apology duly published in all leading newspapers in the next three days, failing which, I will be constrained to initiate appropriate legal proceedings, both civil and criminal, against you to recover damages from you and the same is quantified as Rs50 crore tentatively.”