Sikander was serving a 25-year sentence in a murder case. An officer said, "He was inside his barracks when he complained of chest and stomach ache. He was referred to DDU at 3:18 am, and declared brought dead.”
The matter came to light after several inmates alleged that white-collar criminals were enjoying a "luxurious lifestyle" inside Tihar while they were not being provided basic necessities including medical treatment.
A letter from an inmate, Asadullah Akhtar, complaining of preferential treatment to the Chandra brothers was received by the High Court, which converted it into a PIL and asked ASJ Ramesh Kumar-II to conduct an inquiry.
While undertrials alleged “human rights violations”, claiming they were “mercilessly beaten by security officials”, jail authorities said “minimum force” was used to control inmates involved in a brawl.
During a hearing on the issue at the Delhi High Court Friday, standing counsel (criminal) Rahul Mehra informed Justice Mukta Gupta that no physiotherapist is currently posted at any of the jails, and that two-three trained persons will soon be made available by an NGO.
The bench ordered the CBI probe into the matter after two committees appointed by it on November 23 and 27 last year — soon after complaints were raised by inmates — flagged violation of fundamental, human and legal rights of prisoners.