Meeting of CM with prisoner not common thing: BJP

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Meeting of CM with prisoner not common thing: BJP

Sunday, 14 April 2024 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi

Delhi BJP president Virendra Sachdeva said here on Saturday meeting between a State Chief Minister with a jailed prisoner is not a common practice.  Moreover,  nor do ordinary or high-security leaders insist on meeting prisoners in jail in this way as Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann is doing, BJP leader claimed. Mann will meet Arvind Kejriwal in Tihar jail on Monday.

Despite problems, officials of Tihar Jail, wh ich is Delhi government’s jail, have arranged a meeting between jailed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Bhagwant Singh Mann, Sachdeva claimed.

He said Arvind Kejriwal’s government itself made the Delhi Jail Manual in 2018, which clearly states in Rule 602 that meetings with inmates will be conducted through the glass wall and intercom for the safety of the inmates.

It is written in the Delhi Jail Manual made by the Arvind Kejriwal government in 2018 that face-to-face meetings will only be between inmates and registered lawyers and Chief Minister Kejriwal too is availing this facility.

The Delhi BJP President said when Kejriwal entered the jail, he had not listed the names of Sanjay Singh and Bhagwant Singh Mann among the 10 expected visitors, so it took time for these meetings to be scheduled, and now they will be conducted according to the Jail Manual.Sachdeva said Sanjay Singh is only trying to spread misinformation. He himself has spent a long time in jail, can he tell whether his meetings with visitors used to happen face-to-face daily or through the glass wall.

The Delhi BJP President said prisoners in jail are kept according to the manual made by the government, and only the court can grant them any concession, and Kejriwal has already been given many facilities, including home-cooked food, by the court.

Sachdeva said it seems Kejriwal wants certain privileges and facilities in jail, similar to the ones his minister Satyendra Jain was caught availing in 2022.

Delhi BJP President claimed some of their sources indicate that Kejriwal does not even want to meet Sanjay Singh anymore because he wants to break legislators and become the Chief Minister, while Kejriwal wants to keep the Chief Minister’s post within his family.

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