The sessions court on Tuesday refused to allow home food to Kannada film actress Maria Susairaj, instead ordering Byculla prison authorities to provide her with “diet food”, comprising mainly of bread and fruit.
Susairaj (27) and her naval officer fiancé M.L. Jerome Mathew (25) are accused in the Neeraj Grover murder case.
Susairaj had moved an application seeking permission to have home food, complaining she was not comfortable with the food provided in jail.
In November, she had moved the sessions court for procuring a special brand of shampoo, soap and other toiletries.
During Tuesday’s hearing, prison doctor S.A. Khan said though Susairaj was treated for dysentery, she did not require home food. Her lawyer Acharya Murthi then sought that she be provided at least diet food — this is given to inmates sometimes.
Additional Sessions Judge C.A. Jadhav ordered jail authorities to provide her with diet food on regular basis.
The court adjourned the framing of charges to January 20, after Public Prosecutor R. V. Kini informed the court that the original police papers were yet to be submitted in the court. The investigation officer then submitted all original documents related to the investigation.
Now charges will be framed against the two accused on January 20, paving the way for the start of the trial.