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From champagne & coke to dal-roti

Life's uncertain. And who would know it better than Rahul who has gone from dinning in five-star hotels to the dal roti of Tihar jail.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2006 02:07 IST

Life's uncertain. And who would know it better than Rahul Mahajan who has gone from dinning in five-star hotels to the dal roti of Tihar jail.

Thursday began early for Rahul Mahajan and the other accused. Rahul, Sahil Zaroo and Abdullah met briefly at the Tughlak Road police station before Rahul was taken to his 7 Safdarjung Road to help the police reconstruct the sequence of events on the night of June 2.

He was later taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital for check-up. At RML, Rahul told the waiting media persons, "I am innocent. I am very ill."

From there it was on to the Patiala House court. After an hour-long hearing in a court room packed to capacity by lawyers, policemen, mediapersons and curious onlookers, the magistrate remanded him to judicial custody.

Mahajan reached Tihar around 6.15 pm and was taken straight to the jail hospital where he underwent a detailed medical examination.

Since dinner time (6 pm) was already over, jail officials said Rahul would be served dinner after his medical examination was complete. The menu would consist of dal (45 gm), roti (200 gm of wheat) and vegetables (125 gm).

Mahajan, jail officials said, was being kept in a high-security cell in jail number 3. He was staying alone and was being guarded round-the-clock.

"We have three levels of security: high, medium and ordinary. After assessing the security status, it has been decided to give him high-security cover. Special facilities would be provided if his medical condition demands so," a jail official said.

Jail officials said it has been noticed that 'addicts' have a difficult time in adjusting to the jail environment, especially on the first day and since Mahajan has been booked on charges of consuming drugs, he might be given medicines to help him sleep well.

While in jail, Mahajan will have to get up at 6 am and be ready by 7 am for breakfast.

His first meal of the day will consist of vegetable, slices of bread and tea.

If prescribed by doctors, he will be given milk.

Lunch would be served around 12. For the next three hours it's siesta time. Tea and chana are served at 3:15 pm.

Three visitors will be allowed to meet him in the mulakaat room on Friday. His lawyers can meet him in the evening.

Since his is a drug case, Mahajan will also be provided with counselling.