2G: From large boardrooms to a crowded 90 sq.ft prison cell

In contrast to their corporate seven-star lifestyle, the five top telecom honchos, sent to Tihar in connection with the 2G spectrum scam, spent the night in a crowded 90 square feet prison cell that they shared with other inmates.

Last Updated: Apr 21, 2011, 22:54 PM IST

New Delhi: In contrast to their corporate
seven-star lifestyle, the five top telecom honchos, sent to
Tihar jail yesterday in connection with the 2G spectrum scam,
spent the night in a crowded 90 square feet prison cell that
they shared with other inmates.
Swan Telecom Director Vinod Goenka, Unitech Wireless
(Tamil Nadu) Ltd Managing Director Sanjay Chandra, and three
top officials of Reliance ADA Group -- Gautam Doshi, Surendra
Pipara and Hari Nair were sent to the jail last evening after
their bail pleas were rejected by a Delhi court.

"They had the usual prison food for lunch and dinner--
dal, roti, sabzi and chawal -- and after that they were sent
to their respective cells. They share cells with other inmates
as the jail is already overcrowded. They slept on the floor as
their co-inmates do," a jail official claimed.

Jail sources said the five did not speak to anyone and
remained confined to themselves. "They looked very sad. It
seems they felt really bad being here," a source said.

The telcom honchos however took a round of the
particular section they were lodged in.

Incidentally, they shared the bathroom with other
inmates and had to wait for their turn.
For the breakfast today, they walked down to the jail
canteen and bought food. However, sources could not say what
exactly they bought.

PTI