Tihar tea party: Jail officials suspended
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 05, 2011, 00:17
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 said.


First Published: Tuesday, July 05, 2011, 00:17

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