Wherever we hear the word jail, what comes to our mind– a filthy and shady room, where a prisoner is sent for repentance. While in reality, the prisoner is getting a VIP room that costs about 8 lakh for a month. Yes, that’s correct, if you are rich Jail will be as luxurious as it was at home. Many “well to do” inmates in the Ajmer Central Jail were caught renting luxurious rooms for Rs 8 lakh, and even paying extra to have access to banned substances like cigarettes.
It was revealed in a bribery racket exposed by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). Inmates of the jail were also provided with banned products like cigarette. One packet of cigarettes was sold for Rs 12,000-15,000, which would normally cost around Rs 300.
“During the investigation, we found that between barrack numbers 1 to barrack number 15 had a VIP room for those inmates who came from a sound financial background. Marking on these rooms were made with chalks. These inmates were provided with various facilities like a clean room, special food, clean clothes, etc,” an anonymous ACB official told Hindustan Times.
Adding that the middlemen working in these jails would accept either cash or online transfer of payments. “We have written to different banks to provide us with the bank statement of the accused in the racket. So far, 18 bank accounts have been seized.”
18 bank accounts of the accused, through which the payments were made have been seized. The relatives of these inmates also paid for contraband items like tobacco, cigarettes at hiked rates.
The bribery racket was busted in July, and so far 12 people have been arrested connected to the same. They include four jail employees, two prisoners and relatives of a prisoner. These arrests also revealed that the bribery racket involved payouts of Rs 25 lakh per month.