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Ex-sarpanch suicide: Now, MLAs want B-class facilities

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Panchkula, September 23, 2013
First Published: 22:37 IST(23/9/2013) | Last Updated: 22:37 IST(23/9/2013)

Haryana MLAs Om Prakash Jain and Zile Ram Sharma on Monday moved applications for B-class facilities in Ambala jail.

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"Both cited that they were MLAs as well as income tax payers and on this ground they should be granted B-class facilities as per the Punjab Jail Manual," said Vishal Garg Narwana, counsel for the MLAs.

In B-class facilities, a prisoner gets improved diet, wooden bed and is kept along with criminals availing of the same facilities.

They also moved an application for separate vehicle for transporting them from Ambala jail to Panchkula-based CBI court of Haryana. Here they cited that they were public figures and faced threats on the way.

Notices had been issued on both these applications. They had surrendered on Saturday along with Jain's personal assistant Rajinder Sharma and had been sent to judicial custody.

The CBI had, on August 8, filed a chargesheet against former transport minister Jain, former chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Zile Ram Sharma and Rajinder Sharma for abetment to suicide of Karam Singh that had taken place on June 7, 2011, though the allegations were of murder.

Karam Singh had given around `12.5 lakh to Jain and Zile Ram for the recruitment of three people, but they did not return the money when the jobs did not materialise. As per the CBI, Karam committed suicide due to this reason. The chargesheet said both the MLAs had lied during the polygraph test.

Jain is an independent MLA, while Zile Ram is a Congress legislator. When the allegations surfaced, Jain was the transport minister, while Zile Ram was the CPS and both had to resign.

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