Jail officials object to home food,table fan for Dutt

Sister Priya Dutt visits actor in Yerawada jail.

Written by Express News Service | Published:May 28, 2013 2:36 am

Days after a special TADA court in Mumbai allowed actor Sanjay Dutt to avail home food,table fan and toiletries of his choice in the jail,the authorities at the Yerawada Central Prison have filed an application in the court saying these facilities do not abide by the prison manual.

Dutt (53),whose sentence in the 1993 serial blasts was confirmed by the Supreme Court,had surrendered before the court in Mumbai on May 16. The court had granted him home food and medicines,a table fan,mattress,pillow,toiletries like toothbrush,toothpaste,soap and shampoo,copies of the Hanuman Chalisa,Ramayana and Bhagvad Gita. On May 21,Dutt was moved to Yerawada jail,where he would be serving the remaining 42 months of his sentence.

Yogesh Desai,the superintendent with the Yerawada jail,said,“We have filed an application in the court,citing the jail manual which does not allow the extension of these facilities.”

A senior officer with the jail department said the prison manual did not allow a convict or even an undertrial to avail home food and facilities like a table fan. “We have said in the application that these facilities cannot be provided as they were not as per the manual. We have said the same thing about the use of mattress and pillow. He has also been allowed to use the toiletries of his own choice. As per the procedure,he can purchase these items from the jail canteen. He has been allowed to avail these facilities as it is as per the court order. We have requested the court to look into it from the point of view of the jail manual.”

Dutt has been kept in a separate cell due to security reasons.

On Monday,his sister and MP Priya Dutt visited Dutt. Jail officials said she met Dutt at around 11.30 am. “She was allowed to meet him for 20 minutes as per the rules,” said an officer.

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