No prison rules were violated by Sasikala: Advocate

Vastavam web: Refuting allegations that “special treatment” was accorded to her in the Parappana Agrahara central prison at Bengaluru, an advocate representing ousted AIADMK leader V K Sasikala Monday said no prison rules were violated. “Sasikala has not violated any rules of the Karnataka prisons manual anytime. She is wearing personal clothes as per the prison rules. The allegations are all wrong,” Advocate A Ashokan told.

According to RTI activist Narasimha Murthy, a 295-page report by retired IAS officer Vinay Kumar confirmed then DIG (Prisons) D Roopa’s claims in July 2017 that Sasikala was given preferential treatment and a separate kitchen functioned for her at the Parappana Agrahara Central Jail here. The reply was furnished by M R Shobha, Public Relations Officer of the Home Department.

Legal action would be taken after a copy of the report was issued to them, the advocate said. Asked if he disregarded the RTI revelations, Ashokan said he cannot comment on it until the original report was out. Based on the then DIG (Prisons) D Roopa’s claims in July 2017 that Sasikala was given preferential treatment, the then Siddaramaiah government had ordered an inquiry by Vinay Kumar to probe the allegations. Kumar had submitted his report to the government on November 17, 2017, but its contents were not made public.