Special treatment to Kalmadi; Tihar orders inquiry

Kalmadi was reportedly found having tea with Jail Superintendent SC Bharadwaj.

New Delhi: Tihar Prison authorities on Saturday
ordered an inquiry into reports claiming that sacked CWG
organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi is getting
special treatment inside the jail premises.

Jail Superintendent SC Bharadwaj, in whose room
Kalmadi was reportedly found having tea by inspecting trial
court judge Brijesh Kumar Garg during a surprise visit to the
jail on June 30, has also been transferred to Port Blair but
the officials said it was not related to the alleged incident.

"The officer-in-charge of Vigilance Dinesh Gandhi will
carry out the inquiry and submit a report within 48 hours,"
Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) RN Sharma said after a
meeting of all jail superintendents this afternoon where they
were apparently pulled up over the reports.

Kalmadi, an accused in Commonwealth Games scams, is
lodged in Jail No. 4 of Tihar Prisons since May.

"Bharadwaj was not relieved from his position on
Friday because of the incident. His transfer orders have been
given to him over a month ago and he was due to go on Friday,"
Sharma said.

"We have ordered an inquiry into the matter and in
another 48 hours we can explain the whole matter. We do not
have access to the report (by Garg) till now but based on the
inquiry report we will take action against the erring jail
official," Sharma said.

The DIG said, "The inspecting trial court judge had
visited us on Thursday and was present in the Jail
Superintendent`s room. Kalmadi too was waiting there for the
van to take him to the hospital. Then tea arrived and Kalmadi
too was offered. Other than this, we have no knowledge of any
special treatment being given to him."

He also denied allegations of prisoners strolling
around from one jail to another.

"Whatever allegations of wrong doings inside the
prison have been made, the truth would be known once the
inquiry report is out. We have held a meeting of all jail
superintendents and taken up the issue with them," the DIG