Raja has jail food, sleeps on floor

According to Tihar authorities, Raja is not being given any VIP treatment and is being treated like a normal inmate.

New Delhi: Former telecom minister A Raja
had jail food, slept on the floor during his first night in
Tihar prisons and was up at 6 AM on Friday to attend the roll call
like any other prisoner.

The 47-year-old high-profile inmate of Jail No.1,
arrested for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum allocation
scam, is mostly keeping to himself, a senior jail official
"The former minister did not hesitate to eat food
cooked inside the prison kitchens. He ate rice, dal, rajma and
vegetables in dinner. He was provided seven blankets to make
his bed on the floor and did now throw any tantrums," he said,
adding Raja was not given any special treatment.

The minister is sharing the ward with former Delhi ACP
S S Rathi, convicted in the 1997 Connaught Place shootout
case, and other prisoners.

Rathi is serving life term following his conviction by
a Delhi trial court on October 24, 2007 in the case of killing
of two businessmen.

"Raja followed the prison rules and woke up at 6 AM
today. He went through all the English dailies before having
his morning tea. He did not interact with any prisoner after
entering his ward and kept reading," the official said.

But today, he went out of his cell for a stroll
inside the prison premises. He spoke to Ravi Kant Sharma, who
is serving a life sentence for the murder of journalist
Shivani Bhatnagar, the official said.
After sustained custodial interrogation for 14 days at
the CBI headquarters, Raja was yesterday sent to Tihar Jail
under judicial custody by a Delhi court till March 3.

Raja, who resigned in November last year following
uproar over the scam, was arrested on February 2 along with
former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura and his former
personal secretary R K Chandolia for their alleged role in 2G
spectrum allocation scam, which, as per CBI, has caused a
pecuniary loss of Rs 22,000 crore to the state exchequer.

The former minister is alleged to have manipulated
rules to favour some telecom companies, including Swan Telecom
and Unitech Private Limited, in allocation of the spectrum at
throwaway prices.


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