Today's Paper

‘Amenities to Sasikala on Siddaramaiah order’

A cot, bed, and a pillow were provided to V.K. Sasikala, who is an inmate of the Bengaluru Central Prison here, on the instruction of the Chief Minister, retired DGP (Prisons) H.N. Sathyanarayana Rao stated in his petition, quoting his deposition recorded before the enquiry officer.

Pointing out that two separate requests were received from Sasikala seeking Class-I facilities, Mr. Rao had stated before the enquiry officer that he had not accepted those requests, which were sent to him through the prison superintendent. Mr. Rao also pointed out that he had forwarded those requests to the government and had not received any response from the Home Department.

However, Mr. Rao had also stated before the inquiry officer that he had directed the prison staff to treat Sasikala like any other woman prisoner, without any special facilities, as Order No.459 issued under the Karnataka Prison Manual, prohibited extension of Class-I facilities to persons convicted for offences involving elements of cruelty, moral degradation and personal greed.

“But after about a month’s time, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka had called me to the KPC guest house through Mr. Venkatesh, PA, and asked me about the kind of facilities given to Sasikala. I replied that Sasikala was not being given any special facility and was being treated like any other woman prisoner. The Hon’ble Chief Minister instructed me to provide only a cot, a bed, and a pillow [to Sasikala], which I complied with. Because govt. has absolute power in this regard.

She was provided with only a cot, a bed, and a pillow. I also made it clear that nothing else can be provided, and it was concurred with....,” Mr. Rao had stated before the enquiry officer.

I had never instructed any officer or staff of the central prison either in writing or orally to extend any special facility to Sasikala or Ilavarasi, another convict in the DA case, Mr. Rao had stated.