Monday, 20th August, 2018

Prison can't be bungalow

07, Aug 2018 By shakeel ahmad

A prison can’t be ‘Ladywalk’ for Vijay Mallya. If it is commonly assessed as an enclosed structure, the open natural surroundings can never be available. How the 62-year-old Kingfisher Airlines Boss could be guaranteed hygienic space and fresh natural air within the four walls of the prison. The lush green sprawling spacious bungalow in the Tewin village of England presents a different view which is not easy to secure in the Central Prison’s Barrack 12 at Arthur Road of Mumbai.

That ostentatious businessman had made his abode at the bungalow since he had left India way back in March 2016 at some stage when the banks accelerated its frenetic efforts to retrieve unpaid loans amounting to Rs 9000 Cr from him. Although Indian government assured the international community of prisons’ upkeep in accordance with the Human Rights guidelines yet the English court was not convinced of the produced version.

That was why Judge Emma Arbuthnot of Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London sought more clear evidence about the jail’s condition. Challenging the reliability of the prison’s photographs presented by India, his lawyers urged the justice of the court to consider their points too. His defence team submitted the written material challenging some of the photographs of the Barrack 12 where the businessman would be held if he was extradited through legal way.

It seemed odd that the facilities like private western-style toilet facility and clean bedding in the prison were vital by him. The team has also produced expert witnesses to claim he is unlikely to get a fair trial in India. Entangled into money-laundering charges and fraud, the tycoon does not recognize of a pitcher that oft goes to the well will break at last. Legally he moves in and out and politically his case turns out to be a ploy in the hands of political parties.