VVIP treatment for Shah in VVIP prison
Former Gujarat Minister Amit Shah, who also held the jails portfolio, is being well looked after at Sabarmati Central Jail, where he is being held along with 13 police officials chargesheeted for the murders of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi in November 2005.india Updated: Jul 26, 2010 23:34 IST
Former Gujarat Minister Amit Shah, who also held the jails portfolio, is being well looked after at Sabarmati Central Jail, where he is being held along with 13 police officials chargesheeted for the murders of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi in November 2005.
Shah has been allotted a spacious special room with an attached bathroom and TV. He is also allowed food from his residence, mineral water and his own clothes.
He is supplied with newspapers in his room and does not have to walk to the library to catch up with news.
“I cannot say he is not being treated as a special prisoner. After all, he was our boss just two days ago,” a senior official at the central jail told HT. However, he pointed out that the magistrate’s order allows him food and clothes from his home.
Shah has also been allowed to use a mattress, bed sheet, shawl, towel and napkins from his residence, the official said.
He however denied that the minister was using his mobile phone in the jail.
Shah’s first day in prison proved to be hectic for jail authorities.
He refused to stay in the Sardar Barrack of Sabarmati Central Prison as other accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case were lodged there.
Shah told the authorities that other accused in the case have lots of differences amongst them and hence it would not be safe for him to stay there.
The authorities then kept him in the Tilak Barrack.
Prison sources said Shah had homemade khichri for dinner.
“Being diabetic, he had a brisk walk inside the room for some time,” a jail official said.
For lunch, Shah had homemade rotis, a vegetable, dal and rice.
Shah, who was to meet his battery of lawyers on Monday, could not do so. He has scheduled the meeting for Tuesday.