New Delhi: Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram was on Thursday lodged within the capital’s Tihar Jail the place he is not going to discover it simple to regulate to the stifling barracks which can be a far cry from his days in North Block.
Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram was additionally lodged in the identical jail earlier.
Earlier on Thursday, a courtroom right here despatched Chidambaram to 14-day judicial custody within the INX Media case.
The span will cowl Chidambaram’s 74th birthday – on September 16 – which he must spend locked up.
The courtroom has allowed the previous Union Minister to take his medicines together with him. Since Chidambaram enjoys Z-category safety, the courtroom additionally allowed him to be stored in a separate cell with enough preparations for his safety.
The senior Congress chief, who was arrested by the CBI within the case final month and had undergone interrogation, can be lodged in Tihar Jail until September 19.
With a high-profile undertrial like Chidambaram set to be lodged within the jail, one would count on particular preparations to be made.
On being requested about any particular preparations, Director Normal of Prisons, Sandeep Goyal instructed IANS: “A jail is a jail. We only follow the court’s orders. No one lodged in a jail is special.”
He mentioned Chidambaram can be handled like a traditional prisoner.
Chidambaram is going through trial for monetary crimes and can also be aged above 70 however Goyal solely mentioned “We will do what the jail manual says,” as he brushed apart any safety issues.
Jail No. 7 homes 600-700 inmates, nearly all of whom are jailed for crimes in opposition to girls although the block has historically been used to accommodate financial offenders.
The method to lodge Chidambaram will begin along with his thumbprint being taken on his entry into the jail as CBI officers will hand over all of the authorized paperwork to the jail workers to start the official paperwork.
The jail workers can be given particulars of the fees in opposition to the high-profile inmate who might want to inform them about his household particulars and who will come to go to him in jail.
In view of his superior age, he can be supplied companies of a doctor to verify his blood strain at night time. He may additionally be given private use of the barrack that usually homes 10 inmates.
Other than his garments, he is not going to be allowed to hold something from his house.
Chidambaram may even should eat the jail’s ‘dal-roti’ in plastic utensils or he can get meals from the jail canteen.
He may even be required to attend early morning prayers like all different inmates.
A jail official, requested how new inmates are woken up within the morning, merely mentioned: “Do you think a high-profile inmate like Chidambaram will be able to get any sleep in the jail cell on his first night?”