New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has submitted a video footage of Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail to UK authorities this week.
In a nearly 10-minute long video, the CBI has highlighted various facilities including a television set, private toilet, a washing area, availability of proper natural light, access to library and a courtyard to take a walk inside the barrack number 12 where the probe agency has planned to lodge the fugitive liquor baron.
Earlier, the CBI highlighted the features after the Westminster Magistrate’s Court in London had requested India to compile a detailed video of Barrack Number 12 after the embattled businessman had complained about conditions of Indian prisons. (Issue of Mallya raising condition of Indian jails in UK mentioned in SC)
“The UK court wanted to see if Indian jails are hygienic. We have given them proof of the hygiene level and medical facilities available in jail. In fact, the barrack in which Mallya would be lodged is east-facing so it has lot of sunlight too,” NDTV quoted a senior level official as saying.
The UK court asked Indian authorities to submit a video of the cell at the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai where they plan to keep Vijay Mallya post-extradition, the Maharashtra prisons department contested the embattled liquor baron’s claims that there was no natural light or fresh air in Indian jails.
Setting September 12 as the date for closing arguments in his high-profile extradition trial, the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in central London asked the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which is representing the Indian government, to provide the video, shot ideally during midday with no artificial lighting, within three weeks.
Earlier this week, the issue was raised in Supreme Court. “You must be aware of certain things happening in a foreign country about prisons in India,” a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur told Attorney General K K Venugopal.
The 62-year-old embattled businessman, who has been on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April last year, is fighting extradition to India on charges of alleged fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore.
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