Tihar jail to probe ‘extra liberty’ given to Kalmadi (Lead)

July 2nd, 2011 - 8:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Tihar jail authorities have ordered a probe into the alleged extra liberty given to former Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi and other high profile prisoners, an official said Saturday.

The decision followed a media report which hinted at Kalmadi getting special treatment from officials in jail number four.

A prison source said that Kalmadi had a cup of tea and snacks with Jail Superintendent S.T. Bharadwaj.

“Additional District Judge Brijesh Kumar Garg visited jail number four as he is the inspecting judge of the prison but after his visit he never complained about high profile undertrials being given more liberty,” Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) R.N. Sharma told IANS, adding that jail officials were yet to receive any report from the judge.

“We are yet to get a written complaint from the judge. Following the news report we have ordered a vigilance inquiry by jail official Dinesh Gandhi. He will submit a report by July 4. We will take strict action against the official concerned,” Sharma added.

Bharadwaj, who was under transfer to Andaman and Nicobar Islands and was supposed to leave Tihar July 1, has been asked to stay till the investigation in the case is completed.

After the allegation about special treatment to Kalmadi, the order on his transfer has been put on hold, confirmed a jail official.

Reacting on the controversy, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the jail had become a “picnic spot” for scamsters.

“Tihar has become a picnic spot for the champions of scams and corruption. The central government is first trying to protect the people who are involved in corruption and scams, and if they are in jail, it is providing all the facilities,” BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters here.

Kalmadi, lodged in Tihar since May 4, has been given a separate cell in ward number 15 due to security reasons.

He was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in April for buying timing, scoring and result equipment from a Swiss firm, Swiss Timing, at an allegedly inflated price for the Oct 3-14, 2010 Commonwealth Games.

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