Satyam's tainted founder Ramalinga Raju on Friday asked the court for special treatment for him and his brother in jail, but the prosecution said those who made money at the cost of the poor don't deserve such privileges.
The Rajus' petition seeking special status in the Chanchalguda central prison, where they have been lodged till January 23, was filed before the sixth additional chief metropolitan magistrate's court.
The status was sought under rule 730 of AP Prisons Rules.
Raju's lawyer Ravinder Reddy said they wanted a special cell for the Raju brothers as per the rules. The Raju brothers reportedly spent their time in jail since January 10 with dowry offenders.
After hearing the arguments of the public prosecutor as well as the defence lawyers, the magistrate posted the matter for further hearing on January 19.
The prosecution -- Andhra Pradesh CID, which had arrested Ramalinga Raju on January 9 -- said that Raju has become "unjustly rich at the cost of the poor." Having committed such a "monumental fraud," Raju does not enjoy any status as such and the question of a special status does not arise, additional public prosecutor Ajay Kumar contended.