Karnataka’s IPS officer, D Roopa, who rose to fame after exposing VIP treatment been given to V Sasikala inside a Bengaluru jail last year, has refused to accept an award from an NGO, run by BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
Citing that her conscience doesn’t permit to accept the reward, the IPS officer had written to the chairman of Namma Bengaluru Foundation in the letter.
“Every government servant is expected to maintain neutrality and equidistance from all quasi-political bodies and associations that have even the bare minimum political overtone. Only then a public servant can maintain a clean and fair image in the eyes of the public,” she was quoted by news agency ANI.
Adding further, she said, “It becomes all the more relevant now in the view of the ensuing elections.”
Roopa, who is currently serving as Inspector General of Police (Home Guard and Civil Defence, Bengaluru), said that the award carried a “heavy cash reward” and that she wanted to maintain “equi-distance from quasi-political bodies and associates.”
Chandrasekhar, who has funded the RSS-leaning Republic TV, was recently elected to the Rajya Sabha on the BJP ticket. Roopa, along with seven government officials, was shortlisted for the Government Official of the Year category.