Tihar jail authorities on Saturday initiated an inquiry into a judge’s report, which suggests jail officials are giving preferential treatment to the high-profile inmates of sub-jail four, one of the 10 in the jail.
Deputy inspector general (prisons) RN Sharma has ordered the department’s vigilance wing officer in charge, Dinesh Gandhi, to submit a report by Monday.
Meanwhile, sub-jail four’s superintendent SC Bharadwaj was transferred on Friday to Port Blair. Jail officials, however, claimed Bharadwaj’s transfer order had been issued by the ministry of home affairs three months ago and the jail’s director general (DG) Neeraj Kumar had directed that he be relieved of his charge by July 1, a fortnight ago.
The irregularities in Tihar came to be known on Thursday when inspecting trial court judge Brijesh Kumar Garg visited sub-jail four. Garg is in the group of judges assigned the task of inspecting the prison conditions in each of the 10 sub-jails.
Following his visit, Garg submitted a report in which he mentioned that he had found Suresh Kalmadi, the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee’s former chief, who is currently in judicial custody in connection with the CWG scam, enjoying tea and snacks with Bharadwaj.
The report also mentioned that Vishal and Vikas Yadav, who are serving life terms for the murder of Nitish Katara, were found strolling in the jail’s garden beyond the permitted time.
The cells of inmates chargesheeted in the 2G spectrum scam were also found to be open. Kalaignar Television’s managing director and promoter Sharath Kumar and a private firm’s official Rajeev Agarwal, both chargesheeted in the spectrum scam, occupy one of the sub-jail’s cells.
A copy of Garg’s report will be sent to the Delhi high court’s registrar, the state home ministry, and DG Kumar. HT had on June 17 reported that Kalmadi allegedly spent his days in an air-conditioned office of a jail official. The jail authorities have this year suspended and transferred six jail officials over charges related to indiscipline and irregularities.
“We have ordered an inquiry and in another 48 hours we can explain the whole matter. We do not have access to the report till now, but based on the inquiry report we will take action,” Sharma told mediapersons.
Sharma, however, said: “The inspecting trial court judge had visited us on Thursday and was present in the jail superintendent’s room. Kalmadi too was waiting there for the van to take him to the hospital. Tea arrived in the meantime and Kalmadi too was offered some.”
A source who did not want to be named claimed Vishal and Vikas were on the way to their assigned workplaces to teach illiterate inmates when Garg saw them in the garden.