CCTV footage given to ACB by then DIG(Prisons) D Roopa, alleges Sasikala entering jail in civilian clothes

Wearing  a dark kurta, politician VK Sasikala enters the jail in Bengaluru where she is serving four years for corruption on the orders of the Supreme Court. The video has been offered as proof that Ms Sasikala gets special treatment as a prisoner according to a police officer who has alleged that nearly 2 crores of bribes paid by the politician allow her illegitimate privileges including special meals, the ability to leave prison, and a cell kitted out with a flat-screen TV.

D Roopa was transferred after she made those accusations in July from a position that saw her supervising jails to handling road traffic in the capital of Karnataka.

 

She has submitted the security camera footage as part of an anti-corruption investigation commissioned by the state on the basis of her complaints.

The footage shows Ms Sasikala carrying a bag and re-entering the main gate of the Bengaluru jail accompanied by male guards, impelling speculation about whether she had been allowed to leave the prison’s premises altogether.