Latest events triggered after the report submitted by DIG Roopa on the irregularities in the functioning of Bengaluru Central Jain has raised many questions on the issues related to rules laid out in the All India Services Conduct Rules. IPS officer Roopa was serving as Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) when she made a detailed report and submitted that contains serious allegations on her senior officer Director General of Police (Prisons) HN Satyanarayana Rao.
DIG Roopa has accused DGP of taking Rs. 2 cr bribe to facilitate separate and privileged arrangements for Shashikala, convicted in disproportionate case. Other irregularities include availability of marijuana in jail premises, special treatment to stamp paper scam kingpin telgi, etc. CM Siddaramaiah wasted no time in ordering an investigation based on the report submitted by DIG Roopa. The investigation will be led by retired bureaucrat Vinay.
The events that unfurled after these above incidents took an ugly turn. Both DIG and DGP took to took media to defend their actions violating all the protocols that they are abided to. The above actions by both of them were unwarranted and deserve criticisms by public. Public spat by DIG is not new to this case, she was also involved in twitter war with Mysuru MP Pratap Simha. The twitter incident drew a wide public criticism from across the lines.
A perfect case for violence of civil services conducts rules
Karnataka government took serious cognisance of the media mud sling by police officers and issued show cause to both of them. Also in order to ensure impartial investigation state government has asked DGP to go on leave and transferred DIG as DIG traffic from Prisons.
There are precedence in the past in other states as well. A trainee civil police officer in Kochi is suspended for posting lewd comments on a Facebook photo of Malayalam actress Manju Warrier.
A senior Assam police officer is suspended for posting comments against Muslims on Facebook
The actions for violating conduct rules are not new. Conduct and report should be viewed separately to ensure justice for all as enshrined in the constitution of India. Will it not be violation of principles of justice if misconduct goes unpunished just because she had pro reform report?