Tihar tea party: Jail officials suspended

Tihar authorities suspended three senior officials for giving special treatment to sacked CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi.

New Delhi: Cracking the whip, Tihar
authorities on Monday suspended three senior officials and
recommended disciplinary action against a jail superintendent
for "lapses" and "unlawful" acts after an inquiry into reports
that special treatment was given to sacked CWG OC chairman
Suresh Kalmadi and other high-profile inmates at the prison.

Jitendra Pal and Krishan Kumar, both Assistant
Superintendents and Satbir, Head Warder of Jail Number 4
where Kalmadi is lodged in connection with Commonwealth Games
scam, have been suspended, Tihar Deputy Inspector General
(DIG) RN Sharma told reporters here.

The authorities have also sent a report to Ministry of
Home Affairs (MHA) for further disciplinary action against
Jail Superintendent SC Bhardwaj, with whom Kalmadi was
found having tea by inspecting trial court judge Brijesh Kumar
Garg during a surprise visit to the jail on June 30.

Bhardwaj was subsequently transferred to Port Blair
but the officials had then said that the transfer was not
related to the alleged incident.

"His case for disciplinary action has been approved by
the competent authority -- Chief Secretary, Delhi Government
and is being sent to MHA for immediate action. In case of
Bharadwaj lapse has been noticed and it has come on record
that he has offered a cup of tea to Kalmadi," Sharma said.

Kalmadi, an accused in Commonwealth Games scams, is
lodged in Tihar Prisons since May.

The action came after an inquiry was carried out
by officer-in-charge of Vigilance Dinesh Gandhi.

"Kalmadi had come over to the jail superintendent`s
room to request him to make arrangements for his next hospital
visit which was due on July 2. Since tea was being served
there, Kalmadi too was offered which he did not refuse. But
he did not have any other item like biscuits as he is not
medically advised for," Sharma said.

On murder convicts Vishal Yadav and Vikas Yadav found
roaming in the garden, the DIG said that Satbir, Head Warder
of Jail 4, has been suspended as the inquiry pointed out that
he had unlawfully permitted Vishal out of his cell to visit
the prison temple.

Action has been taken against the two assistant jail
superintendents as they had "unlawfully and needlessly" kept
the cells open, Sharma said.

"As per the inspecting judge, Vishal Yadav was found
sitting before the temple during the close hour which is
between 12 pm to 3 pm in the day time. The inquiry found that
he was permitted by our head warder.

"It is unlawful as he could have done his puja in the
morning, in the afternoon or whenever jail is open. He could
have done within his barrack or cell wherever he is lodged,"
Sharma said.

However, he said that the inquiry has found that Vikas
Yadav "is not much at fault as he was coming back after making
a telephone call when the inspecting judge was on the rounds
of the jail.

"27 people had made a call on that day and when Vikas
Yadav was coming back, two three persons were coming together
with him. They were going to be lodged in the jail," he said.

Sharma said, "Jitendra Pal has been placed under
suspension by the competent authority as he had kept the jail
cells open and was not inside the jail during his duty hours.

"Krishan Kumar too had unlawfully and needlessly kept
all the 20 cells open much in advance after he came to know
that the inspecting judge is likely to come at any moment.
This was not needed and so their suspension followed," the DIG


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