Is it justified to lodge tainted ministers in VVIP prisons?
Subhash Chandra Agrawal | 19 Feb 2011
The lodging of tainted Telecom Minister A. Raja in the VVIP cell of the Tihar jail in New Delhi raises some serious questions about the non-differentiation from normal prisoners.
IT REFERS to news-item regarding former Telecom Minister A Raja having put in a cell with VIP status where even two other prisoners are deputed to take proper care of the VIP prisoner. Report also reveals that the VIP cell earlier having accommodated known dignitaries like Sukhram, HKL Bhagat, Chandraswamy etc also, has apart from other added facilities, greenery and a farm-house like hut also. Even room-freshener was sprayed in the cell to welcome the VIP prisoner A Raja.
It is totally unfair in a democratic society to discriminated even prisoners with someone getting special VIP status even been served by fellow prisoners. Jail-manual should be modified to abolish all discrimination amongst various categories of prisoners. However if circumstances demand special security for some prisoners, then a separate ward with adequate security provisions can be there but with no added facility available there what are normally available to ordinary prisoners.