Tihar staff moved for favours in return of bribe
Tihar Jail authorities have removed sub-jail number 1’s deputy superintendent over an allegation that he promised favours to Shahid Usman Balwa, a 2G Spectrum scam accused lodged there, in exchange for Rs 5 lakh. Abhishek Sharan reports.delhi Updated: Mar 17, 2011 23:54 IST
Tihar Jail authorities have removed sub-jail number 1’s deputy superintendent over an allegation that he promised favours to Shahid Usman Balwa, a 2G Spectrum scam accused lodged there, in exchange for Rs 5 lakh.
According to a source, as an alleged disciplinary move, the deputy superintendent was transferred to a posting at the prison's headquarters. "The deputy superintendent of jail number 1 had allegedly promised to give favours to Balwa in return for payment of Rs 5 lakh to him," said the source.
Balwa was arrested in February by the CBI, as part of its probe into the alleged irregularities in the allocations of spectrum and licences in 2007-08.
The source said that it was a senior official, "attached to sub-jail number 1, who allegedly alerted the prison's top authorities about the allegation against the deputy superintendent".
Tihar jail's spokesperson Sunil Gupta, however, denied it: "The deputy superintendent's transfer from jail number 1 to the headquarters was routine," Gupta said.
Attempts to talk with director general (prisons) Neeraj Kumar were unfruitful as his staff said he was busy.
Balwa's lawyer, Vijay Aggarwal, too, denied the allegations. "It is only an attempt to malign my client and we have told the court that he is not receiving requisite medical attention and assistance in jail and hence report may be called from the jail superintendent," the lawyer said.
Gupta said: “In a bid to curb on corruption, the jail administration has put in place a very effective system through which inmates here can address their grievances against any body."
Apart from Balwa, three other scam accused are lodged at sub-jail number One: former telecom minister A Raja, his former personal secretary RK Chandolia and former telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura.