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Rahul enjoys World Cup in Tihar

Authorities treated him like any other prisoner but wanted him to be at ease.

india Updated: Jun 10, 2006 16:51 IST

Rahul Mahajan, under judicial custody in Tihar jail on charges of drug abuse, has been rather quiet and withdrawn, prison authorities said on Saturday, as they tried their best to "make him comfortable".

The son of late Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Pramod Mahajan slept on the floor for the second consecutive day after a city court on Friday deferred its orders on his bail plea till June 13.

Rahul will be in judicial custody for 14 days at Tihar.

"Looking at the recent health record of Rahul, we have kept him in Ward 4 of Jail 3, which is adjacent to the hospital ward," a jail official said.

"He is remaining quiet and withdrawn. And to make him feel comfortable we took the help of a few forward prisoners and psychiatrists. Some of the prisoners even shared their experiences with him," the official said.

He said they were treating Rahul like any other prisoner but as responsible officers they wanted him to "feel comfortable".

Rahul had "chapati, dal and sabzi" as his dinner Friday night and tea and two slices of bread as breakfast in the morning.

The authorities also said they had made arrangements for jail inmates to watch World Cup football and "Rahul should enjoy the matches" as long as he was there.

Rahul has not complained of any health problem since Friday afternoon. "Though he looks a little disturbed, there is no health complaint from him. A team of six doctors are regularly supervising his condition."

After a drug and drink party on June 1 night at the late Mahajan's 7, Safdarjung Road residence, Rahul and his father's close aide Bibek Moitra fell seriously ill and were rushed to the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital.

While Moitra was declared brought dead, Rahul was put under life support system in the intensive care unit of the hospital.

First Published: Jun 10, 2006 00:00 IST