Kattas cut off from outside world

Prison Diary

From their plush air-conditioned homes to a musty, mosquito-infested cubbyhole in the jail. It’s literally a perdition for the Kattas — Subramanya Naidu and his corporator son Jagadish, and Itasca managing director Srinivas, who are now cooling their heels in a 20X10 ft cell at the Parapana Agrahara Central Prison after being denied bail in a land scam case on Monday.

All the three are housed together in a newly constructed security wing. The cell has an attached bathroom, but no TV or other facilities. The three refused to have dinner on Monday night.

They just had water and after long discussions, went to sleep.
In the morning, they had coffee and masala rice which was served to all prisoners.

For lunch, they had sought permission for home-made food and they also got blankets and pillows from home.

As per the rule, undertrials need not wear jail uniform, instead they can wear ordinary clothes, sources told this Deccan Herald.

Former minister and MLA from Hebbal constituency Katta Subramanya Naidu, his corporator son from Vasanthnagar Katta Jagadish and Srinivas had very few visitors.

The jail authorities did not entertain anyone except for a few relatives and family friends, said Jail Superintendent B S Lakshminarayan.

However, there is a request from them to arrange for a TV. “We are trying to arrange a TV set. Newspapers and magazines will also be provided,” said Lakshminarayan.

There are three high-security wings with four different portions and 20 individual cells. In the first wing, high-profile, notorious criminals including rowdies like Silent Sunil, Cycle Ravi, are housed in each of the cells.

Other exclusive cells are meant for terrorists, the accused in the Bangalore serial blasts case, criminals arrested under the Goonda Act, Abdul Karim Telgi and others involved in fake stamp paper scam.

The new security wing is for government officials trapped by the Lokayukta, and of late even for politicians, protesters and others.

On Monday, around 5.15 pm, the three landed at the Central jail. Immediately, they were sent for medical examination. Once the doctors certified that their condition is good, they were shifted to the cell.

Except for their lawyers, no one is allowed to meet them. Their cellphones have been confiscated and if they have to communicate to others, they have to call from the STD booth inside the jail premises. Even home food is delivered near the gate and the jail staff will see to it that it reaches the inmates concerned.

The Hebbal corporator and a few others managed to meet Naidu.

Emerging from the prison premises the BJP leaders’ supporters said the senior Katta was yet to come out of shock. But, his son Jagadish was quite cool and planning the next move.

Trio moves HC for bail

A day after his arrest, former minister Katta Subramanya Naidu has moved the High Court seeking bail.

Katta, presently lodged in the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison, is under judicial custody along with his son Katta Jagadish and Itasca managing director S V Srinivas.

The trio also moved a memo on Tuesday, along with the bail plea, seeking early hearing of the matter. However, the Court rejected the memo for early hearing and said it would take up the hearing on regular basis.

The accused have challenged the special court’s order which rejected their bail petition, on the grounds that they had been co-operating with the investigation authority from day one of the case being registered.

Further, they pleaded that they always appeared for inquiry, whenever they were asked to report before the investigation authority. “We never attempted or remained absconding. The special court failed to consider several aspects and rejected the bail, sending us to judicial custody,” the bail petition says. The matter is expected to come up for hearing on Wednesday.


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