A year after G Yellappa, an inmate at the Bengaluru Central Prison wrote a book on prisoners, the book is yet to see the light of day.
Although his book "Life of Inmates and Role of Prison Officials in Changing Them" was completed in August last year and sent to the legal cell for clearance, the procedures have since been in a limbo, reports Rajiv Kalkod for The Times of India.
Convicted in a murder case to life imprisonment, Yellappa started research for his book early in 2015. With the permission of jail authorities, he visited all the prisons in the state and spoke to inmates on the hardships they face in prisons.
"It contains real-life stories of eight convicts who committed different offences under different circumstances, and how they had an impact on the lives of other inmates," Yellappa's legal advisor MS Shyamsundar had told TOI last December.
However, the book has still not seen the light of day, after its release has been deferred for "official reasons."
Yellappa has now reportedly written to senior jail officials, asking to publish the book. This was after former DGP (prisons) Satyanarayana Rao reportedly wrote to the government saying that there was nothing new in the book, and hence it needn't be published.
A senior official told the newspaper that a committee will be set up to look into the book and why the former DGP had opposed its publication.
Thirty-seven-year-old Yellappa was arrested in the late 1990s for a murder case and has been imprisoned in Bengaluru Central Prison since 2003.
On the other hand, in Kerala, a prison inmate Lissy had released a book she authored in October last year.