The Supreme Court Thursday expressed serious concern over media reports that prohibited items like LED TV, crates of mineral water, badminton rackets were found in the Tihar Jail cell of Unitech MD Sanjay Chandra and his brother Ajay.
“Is it parallel system running in jail?” the apex court said.
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.
After inspecting the prison on September 4 to corroborate, Additional Sessions Judge Ramesh Kumar-II in his report to the Delhi High Court said circumstances indicated “corruption” and “grave misuse of power” on the part of DG Prisons and Tihar Jail officials.
Kumar-II also recommended an FIR be registered against DG Prisons and officials of Tihar Jail.
He has said that apart from household amenities, including mattresses, mustard oil, foot-mats and stools, in their cell, the brothers also enjoyed a separate “office” room having a computer with internet, a printer as well as eatables and Aquafina mineral water.
On the brothers’ claim that they had bought the Aquafina mineral water from the jail canteen, the judicial officer found that only Bisleri was sold there.
Apart from that, the steel nets in the barracks housing the Chandra brothers were covered with blankets and boards “to avoid smell or outer air” from going into their cell, the report said.
It also said that such facilities cannot be provided to any inmate without the “involvement” and “knowledge” of the DG Prisons and other officials of Tihar Jail and proved as “positive” the complaint made by 25 inmates of Tihar Jail in their letter.