The state government has ordered a high-level probe into the irregularities in Arthur Road jail, which Hindustan Times reported about on Monday (June 29). The HT report, based on what a management graduate said he experienced for two years inside the prison, had highlighted an alleged illegal rate card that exists within the jail, where inmates are charged money even for basic amenities by the staff.
On Monday, the home department asked the additional director general (prisons) Meeran Borwankar to look into the allegations. The order issued by Dr Vijay Satbir Singh, principal secretary, home, mentioned the report published in HT.
“The report has highlighted several lapses in the jail administration and especially corrupt practices such as extracting money from prisoners to provide even the basic facilities and services,” the order stated.
Asking for early action in the matter, the home department said the allegations are very serious and require thorough investigation. “I request you to take immediate action, conduct an inquiry, and take appropriate action against those who are found guilty,” read the notice.
According to the management graduate, the jail staff charged Rs25,000 for a bed in the prison clinic, and Rs60,000 for home food. A phone call to a family member or an advocate cost Rs2,000.