20x15 ft cell awaits BSY's return at Central Prison

20x15 ft cell awaits BSY's return at Central Prison

Life after arrest

A cell in the basement of the prison’s ‘D’ Block awaits the top BJP leader. Informed sources say that the cell is ready to welcome Yeddyurappa. The 20X15 feet cell has an attached bathroom, a ceiling fan, and three windows. No cane chair has been provided. The former chief minister can bring his own cot and home-cooked food. If he does not or is unable to, the prison authorities are duty-bound to provide him with adequate “food, clothing, and bedding.” No television set, however, has been provided.

Section 30 of the Karnataka Prisons Act, 1963, stipulates that a civil or an undertrial shall be permitted to maintain himself or herself and to purchase or receive from private sources at proper hours food, clothing, bedding or writing materials, books, newspapers, or other necessaries, subject to examination and to such regulations as may be approved by the Inspector-General of Police (Prisons).

With Yeddyurappa trying hard to avoid coming back to the prison, no permission for maintenance from private sources has been asked for yet, the Central Prison Superintendent, T H Lakshminarayana, confirmed to Deccan Herald. Interestingly, Lakshminarayana says, Yeddyurappa is confident of avoiding his return to the prison and hence has not bothered about his stay.

The former chief minister will have to follow the jail regulations if he comes back. He’ll have to go to bed around 10 pm so as to wake up at 6 am. Breakfast will be served at 7 am, lunch at 11.30 am, and supper at 5.30 pm.

The special cell which will be Yeddyurappa’s abode for the next week, if his interim bail plea is rejected by the High Court, is located to the left of the prison and is man­ned by armed policemen. No private security personnel will guard the BJP leader. Those visiting him will have to follow the prison timings. No visits will be allowed after 5.30 pm.

While Yeddyurappa is yet to familiarise himself with the jail ambience, Malur MLA S N Krishnaiah Setty is cooling his heels, along with Corporator Katta Jagadish and Itasca Managing Director S V Srinivas in a 25X15 feet cell in the same portion of the prison.

According to Lakshminarayana, the room has three cots, an attached bathroom, and a ceiling fan. Setty’s health is stable and he is acclimatising himself to the conditions.

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