Days after reports said that senior police official D Roopa Moudgil refused the Namma Bengaluru Award over cash reward, non-profit organisation Namma Bengaluru Foundation has released a statement saying that the IPS officer was not even offered the honour.
In a strong statement, the foundation said, “We are saddened and shocked at the inappropriate conduct of one of nominees to the Govt official category of the 9th Edition of Namma Bengaluru awards 2018”
“Never in the long history of recognising the heroes of our city by a jury of reputed Bengalureans have we experienced this relentless lobbying for the award, then followed by this immature malicious conduct by a nominee who did not make it to the final winner. There were multiple communication by this nominee to lobby both to jury, NBF team and trustees,” said the statement.
Namma Bengaluru Foundation releases statement on IPS D.Roopa's refusal of Namma Bengaluru Award, stating, "She was never offered this award & so there was no case of her turning it down." pic.twitter.com/fKC64BgH6o
— ANI (@ANI) March 27, 2018
Without naming D Roopa Moudgil, the statement further says that “through all these dramatics her disappointment is obvious. Sadly, we are not able to address this for her except to reiterate our view that all nominees are winners”.
This comes two days after reports said that the senior police official had refused to accept the award because of a high cash reward associated with the same. She had reportedly written to the organisation saying her “conscience” does not permit her to accept the award.
"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," read Roopa's letter.
"It becomes all the more relevant now in the view of the ensuing elections," added Roopa, who was nominated for the Government Official of the Year category. Eight government officers including Roopa were reportedly shortlisted for the award.
In 2017, D Roopa came to light when she submitted a CCTV footage to anti-corruption bureau in Karnataka showing Sasikala and her relative Ilavarasi entering Parappana Agrahara Central jail in civilian clothes. In her four-page report, she had also alleged that a special kitchen was functioning in the jail for Sasikala, where she was lodged since February 15 to serve her sentence.