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Sasikala bribes two crore to get special privileges in the jail: Siddaramaiah calls for probe

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Updated: 15:25 GMT, Jul 13, 2017 | Published: 13:35 GMT, Jul 13, 2017 |
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Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday ordered a high-level inquiry into the alleged VIP treatment meted out to AIADMK General Secretary and convict Sasikala. “We have taken serious cognizance of the allegation of irregularities in Bengaluru Central Prison and ordered a high level inquiry,” the official Twitter handle of Karnataka CM posted on Wednesday.

The CM also urged all to wait for the outcome while assuring strict action against any person who is found to be guilty of wrongdoing.

“Sasikala has given Rs 1 crore bribe to Rao and another Rs 1 crore was distributed among officials, including warden of the central jail where she is serving 4-year sentence in an illegal wealth case for allowing her special privileges,” said a local news channel that quoted Deputy Inspector of Prisons (DIG) Roopa Moudgil submitted to the state government.

In a sensational revelation, Roopa said 59-year-old Sasikala was getting royal treatment in the women’s cell where she has been lodged since February 15 to serve her sentence.

Co-convicts Sasikala’s sister-in-law Elavarasi and nephew V.K. Sudhakaran were also held guilty by a trial court in September 2014 and upheld by the Supreme Court on February 14 in the two-decade-old disproportionate assets case of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.