26/11 accused Faheem Ansari refused magazine in jail

Last Updated: Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 15:07

Mumbai: The Central Prison authorities
here have refused to allow 26/11 accused Faheem Ansari read
`Tahelka` magazine despite court`s permission, prompting the
judge to hold an inquiry whether restrictions can be legally
imposed on reading material provided to prisoners.

Faheem`s lawyer Shahid Azmi yesterday presented the
latest issue of the magazine in the trial court and requested
Judge M L Tahaliyani to allow the accused to read it in his

The judge forwarded the magazine to the jail
authorities with instructions that Faheem may be given the
periodical to read in his cell.

However, the Jailor send the magazine back to the
court with a forwarding note that "Tahelka" was not allowed to
be read inside jail because it did not appear in the list of
publications that were permitted in the prison for reading.

Faheem`s lawyer Shahid Azmi told a news ageny the law requires
that only those magazines which were unsuitable for reading
should be disallowed in prisons but `Tahelka" did not fall in
this category.

Judge Tahaliyani said he would hold an inquiry to find
out whether jail authorities could prevent prisoners from
reading the magazine in accordance with law.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 15:07

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