Tihar to probe 'extra liberty' given to Kalmadi
Tihar jail authorities have ordered a probe into the alleged extra liberty given to former Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi and other high profile prisoners, an official said on Saturday.Updated: Jul 02, 2011 17:18 IST
Tihar jail authorities have ordered a probe into the alleged extra liberty given to former Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi and other high profile prisoners, an official said on Saturday.
The decision followed a media report which hinted at Kalmadi getting special treatment from officials in jail number four.
"We cannot go by whatever a news report says, so we have asked in what circumstances Kalmadi was in jail superintendent's chamber. An inquiry will also be done on how the high profile prisoners were allowed to interact with each other and not restricted to their cells," deputy inspector general (prisons) RN Sharma said.
A prison source said that Kalmadi had a cup of tea and snacks with the jail superintendent.
"Additional district judge Brijesh Kumar Garg visited jail number four as he is the inspecting judge of the prison but after his visit he never complained about high profile undertrials being given more liberty," Sharma said.
"We are yet to get a written complaint from the judge. Following the news report we have ordered an inquiry into the issue. The vigilance officer in-charge will conduct the inquiry and submit the report within 48 hours," he said.
Sharma also said that all jail superintendents were told to follow the rules to avoid such complaints.
Kalmadi, lodged in Tihar since May 4, has been given a separate cell in ward number 15 for security reasons.
He was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in April for buying timing, scoring and result equipment from a Swiss firm, Swiss Timing, at an allegedly inflated price for the Oct 3-14, 2010 Commonwealth Games.