New Delhi: From being at the centerstage of country’s power politics to a lonely cell in Tihar Jail, Amar Singh’s worst fears seem to have come true. The former Samajwadi Party strongman and sitting Rajya Sabha MP, who was arrested yesterday in connection with the infamous cash-for-votes scam, spent a lonely and restless night in Tihar Jail.
Amar Singh has been lodged in a 10X15 feet cell in jail number three of the high security prison. He was allotted a cell close to the jail hospital in view of his health condition – he had undergone kidney transplant surgery last year.
Soon after he was brought in, jail doctors checked his sugar and blood pressure, while Singh informed the doctors about his health condition. He has been allowed to keep his medicines.
Interestingly, Amar Singh’s cell is adjacent to that of Afzal Guru, who has been sentenced to death in the Parliament attack case and is waiting for the President to decide on his mercy plea.
55-year-old Amar Singh, who has rubbed shoulders with India`s top corporate honchos to Bollywood stars and was on the must invite list of A-list parties in his hey-days had to do with simple jail food, which he ate quietly. However in view of his renal condition, Singh was allowed to use mineral water brought from outside.
A 3X8 feet size raised platform is what is bed, with toilet being a few feet of space behind a curtain inside the cell. One blanket and mosquito net were the only comforts allowed, apart from the two books he brought with him.
As per jail authorities, Amar Singh had no special requests; he was seen engrossed in thought as read the books late into the night.
Amar Singh is the fifth sitting MP to be lodged in Tihar.
Two former MPs Fagan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Singh Bhagora have also been sent to judicial custody till Sep 19 in connection with the cash-for-votes scam.
The three have been booked under section 120 (B) of the Indian Penal Code (criminal conspiracy) and section 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act for alleged involvement in the attempt to bribe MPs ahead of the July 2008 Parliament trust vote.
Sitting BJP MP Ashok Argal, who was also chargesheeted by the CBI, was not arrested. The police have sought permission from Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to arrest him.