Arthur Road jail officials charge 30,000 for tea, 50,000 for mattress, alleges imprisoned NCP MLA
Imprisoned Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Ramesh Kadam on Tuesday levelled a series of allegations against the Arthur Road jail officials in the special ACB court.
The MLA was arrested in 2015 for siphoning off Rs 141 crore from the state government-run Annabhau Sathe Development Corporation (ASDC).
While appearing before a special ACB court yesterday, Kadam told judge G A Sanap that the jail authorities charged him around Rs 30,000 for serving tea twice a day.
He said that sometimes, when an inmate got food from home, the jail officials diverted it to other prisoners and they had to pay Rs 50,000 for it.
“Even for providing a mattress, they charge about Rs 50,000,” Kadam told the court.
He alleged that the jail officials, in connivance with the medical officers, had come up with a new scheme called the “jail to bail”.
“Under this scheme, the medical officers will make a medical record for an inmate so that he gets bail from the court on health grounds. For this, they charge up to Rs 1 crore,” Kadam said.
He alleged that the officials charged the inmates if they wanted to keep them in a particular barrack, which mainly housed inmates accused in cheating cases, as “they get a better treatment there for money”.
He claimed that the jail officials had agreed to offer him better barracks, but asked him not speak about it to anyone.
Kadam also alleged that the Byculla jail authorities had made false allegations against him so that he could be transferred to some other facility and that the CCTV footage could be examined to see if he ever misbehaved with anyone in jail.
He further alleged that even when inmate Manju Shette died, the next day the jail officials cleared the jail as soon possible.
Shette (45) had died at the J J Hospital on June 23 after being allegedly beaten up by the Byculla jail officials and staff as she “failed” to account for two eggs and five loaves of bread, which were distributed by her among the inmates, the police had said.
Shette’s death had sparked protests in the prison with over 200 prisoners, including the accused in the high-profile Sheena Bora murder case, Indrani Mukerjea, being booked for rioting.
With PTI inputs