In a recent application made by underworld gangster Vilas Bharati, a member of the Chhotta Rajan gang, lodged in Arthur Road Jail in HC, he has alleged that many undertrials there are paying hefty amounts to the jail staff for a "comfortable stay" inside. The accused in extortion and murder cases wrote to the court, alleging that he was thrown out of the anda cell and put in 'normal' barracks because he couldn't afford to pay R5 lakh.
No money, no anda
According to Bharati, he couldn't fulfil the demands of jail officers or entertain them. He alleged that officers told him that another accused (involved in a cheating case) put up in anda cell was paying them R5 lakh a month, and because there was no "income" from him (Bharati), they were shifting him to regular barracks. "I was in anda cell for 38 months; there was not a single complaint from or against me. And now, suddenly, they have thrown me out from there. I informed the judge, but jail officers then submitted bogus reports on the matter in court," alleged Bharati.
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