news Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | August 27, 2014 | 12.55 pm IST This man talking on the phone with a smile on his face is rowdy sheeter-turned- realtor Yadagiri, notorious in Telangana/Andhra Pradesh. Yadagiri who is having a happy chat on the phone is currently lodged in the Cherlapally central jail in Ranga Reddy district of Telangana. These undated and unauthenticated pictures which were released to the media by an unidentified source recently, allegedly shows Yadagiri using the phone inside the jail premises. Yadagiri was arrested in 2012 for mediating a deal between Karnataka BJP leader and jailed mining baron Janardhan Reddy and CBI Judge Pattabhirama Rao. Yadagiri had struck a deal with the judge for Rs 5 crores for granting bail to G Janardhan Reddy. These pictures have created a furore in the two states, with many saying that its proof of how those lodged in jails have easy access to mobile phones, obviously in connivance with jail authorities. The DG of Jails will be addressing a press meet on Wednesday to explain the truth behind these pictures. DIG Prisons Vinay Kumar Singh told The News Minute that he was not aware of how the photographs found their way to journalists, but said that it was a continuous “tug of war between criminals and law enforcement”. He said that the police tried various methods to ensure that contraband did not find its way to jails. “We are adopting different strategies (to discover contraband) and they are adopting different methods to sneak in (things that they are not supposed to have).” He said that during the visiting hours, prisoners made contact with outsiders who would tell them how phones would be sent across to them. “Sometimes they tell them from which direction they will throw (things) over the (jail) wall, and sometimes they hide things in their private parts, we cannot determine (always).” He said that the police could not ensure 100 percent that there was no contraband in the jails, but “hoped” that their efforts would be enough. He said that the special squads were organised to conduct raids periodically and that there was no “connivance” between them and the jail authorities to tip off prisoners.
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