One undertrial has been in Tihar for more than 10 yrs
Tihar has an undertrial, Pradeep Singh, who has been lodged there for more than 10 years as his case is sub judice.delhi Updated: May 06, 2011 01:29 IST
Tihar has an undertrial, Pradeep Singh, who has been lodged there for more than 10 years as his case is sub judice.
The longest serving convict in the jail is a man, Rajender Singh, who has been in jail for over 21 years. Convicted in robbery and murder cases, he is serving a life term.
And former telecom minister A Raja, who is lodged in Tihar's sub jail 1 as an undertrial, enjoys no extra facilities.
These were some of the facts disclosed by Tihar jail administration in response to queries submitted under the Right To Information (RTI) Act by Subhash Chander Aggarwal, a resident of Chandni Chowk.
According to the jail's reply to the RTI query, till December 31, 2010, there were 8,087 undertrials at the jail. The rest of the prison's population comprised of 2,751 convicts.
Asked by Aggarwal about any "extra facilities" enjoyed Raja, the jail administration said: "No extra facility has been provided to prisoner A Raja. However, the facility of watching TV programmes have (sic) been provided to all prisoners including A Raja."
Raja was chargesheeted in the 2G Spectrum scam by the Central Bureau of Investigation. In the reply, the administration clarified that "no person (prisoner) was designated as VIP".
Asked by Aggarwal about the type of work allotted to Raja, the jail administration clarified that under-trials, including Raja, are not assigned any work.