Hyderabad: Another high-flying businessman-politician YS Jaganmohan Reddy, said to be the richest MP, has landed in Chanchalguda Central Jail.
The son of late Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, Jagan, as he is popularly known, was allotted prisoner number 6,093 after he was sent to judicial custody for 14 days by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in the disproportionate assets case.
Jagan, who declared assets of Rs.356 crore last year and is accustomed to live luxuriously in his palatial bungalows, will now have to live a tough life.
Immediately after he entered the jail, he was taken to admission barracks and was given the prisoner number by jail authorities. Jail doctors also examined him.
Since the court has granted him special prisoner status, Jagan will not have to share the barrack with ordinary prisoners like pick-pockets and wife-beaters.
He is entitled for a separate enclosure which he can share with one or two prisoners known to him. He is entitled to better food or can cook his own food. An ordinary under-trial prisoner gets 600 grams of rice, 100 grams of daal and 250 grams vegetable curry every day.
Jagan, 40, is the 10th VIP in the jail, which till recently housed disgraced IT czar Ramalinga Raju and mining baron and former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhana Reddy.
Raju was released on bail in November last year after spending three years in the jail in the multi-crore accounting fraud in Satyam Computers while Janardhana Reddy, key accused in illegal mining case, was shifted to Bangalore jail in another case in March this year.
Janardhana Reddy, also one of the richest politicians in the country, was in Chanchalguda since September last year.
Jagan joins senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officials B.P. Acharya, Y. Srilakshmi, leading industrialists Nimmagadda Prasad, Koneru Prasad, businessman Srinivas Reddy, bureaucrats V.D. Rajagopal, and K.V. Brahmananda Reddy in jail.
Nimmagadda and Brahmananda Reddy are accused in the Jagan case while others are accused in illegal mining and Emaar-APIIC township cases.
They are among 700 prisoners in the jail located in the old city and built in 1876.