DGP Satyanarayana Rao who was in the thick of controversy for allegedly providing 'VIP' treatment to jailed AIADMK leader Sasikala Natarajan at Parappana Agrahara prisons has now issued a legal notice to DIG Roopa asking her to tender public apology within three days. He has also threatened to file Rs 50 crore defamation case if she fails to apologise. DGP Rao has sent the legal notice through senior advocate Puttige R Ramesh accusing her of making "baseless and unsubstantiated allegations". 

DGP Rao in his notice has stated that Roopa has not submitted any documents to support her bribery charge. "This appears that Roopa was seeking publicity by making unsubstantiated charges," a television channel reported quoting DGP Rao's notice.

It may be recalled here that former DIG (prisons) Roopa had submitted a report on irregularities in the Central prison that included special privileges to Sasikala and stamp paper kingpin Abdul Karim Telgi. She had further stated that Sasikala had allegedly bribed Rs one crore to DGP Rao and another Rs one crore was shared among other jail officials allegedly in return for the special privileges. DGP Rao had vehemently denied these allegations asking her to produce the document. However, several videos of Sasikala enjoying 'VIP' treatment in the jail including a separate barrack, with kitchen and fridge went viral in the media that strengthened Roopa's allegations.

But the Siddaramaiah government had taken objection to DIG Roopa going public with her allegations. Following this, the government made a major shuffle in the prisons department.

While Roopa was shunted out to the Bengaluru's traffic division, DGP Rao was sent on leave. Also, the chief superintendent of the central prisons Krishnakumar too was transferred to Kalaburagi prisons. Besides, the government also initiated a probe by a retired bureaucrat Vinay Kumar into the irregularities in the Central prisons.