Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday assured that strict action would be taken against the guilty, while taking cognizance of allegations of irregularities in the Bengaluru central prison and VIP treatment given to former All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary V.K. Sasikala.
Siddaramaiah said he has ordered a high-level inquiry into the matter.
"Request all to await the outcome of this inquiry. Strict action will be taken against any person found guilty of wrongdoing," he said.
A report by the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) (Prisons) D. Roopa had asserted that a bribe worth Rs. 2 crore was given to the prison officials by Sasikala for, including the Director General (Prisons) in order to avail special facilities in Parappana Agrahara central prison.
Roopa, in a report to Director General (Prisons) H.N. Satyanarayana Rao, had said there are speculations that Sasikala paid bribe to prison officials to get special facilities for herself with rumours also of the DG being a beneficiary himself.
On one hand, where Rao has categorically denied all the charges, Roopa, on the other, has maintained her stand, saying that she has no issue with an inquiry taking place into it.
The letter, apart from the information about Sasikala, also talks about many other illegal instances inside the prison.