B Ramalinga Raju, erstwhile chairman of Satyam Computer Services, arrested for Rs 7,000 Crore and detained in Chanchalguda jail in Hyderabad has been granted special class prisoner status on Friday.
He and his brother will now get cots, pillows, mattresses, sheets, mosquito nets, a separate kitchen and toilet. The facilities go beyond bare necessities. They can get newspapers and can smoke cigarettes or cigars if they wish to. They can also eat meat and fish everyday and even wear designer clothes provided they are brought by their family members. They can even get colour TV.
The only thing they are denied is the telephone facility. Will that be provided unofficially? No one knows.