New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has submitted a video footage of Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail this week. In a nearly 10-minute long video, the CBI has highlighted various facilities including a television set, private toilet, a washing area, availability of proper natural light, access to library and a courtyard to take a walk inside the barrack number 12 where the probe agency has planned to lodge the fugitive liquor baron. Also Read - Coronavirus: Maharashtra to Release Around 50% Prisoners to Decongest Jails Across State
The CBI highlighted the features after the Westminster Magistrate’s Court in London had requested India to compile a detailed video of Barrack Number 12 after the embattled businessman had complained about conditions of Indian prisons. (Issue of Mallya raising condition of Indian jails in UK mentioned in SC) Also Read - UK Court to Hear Vijay Mallya's Second Appeal Against Extradition Today
“The UK court wanted to see if Indian jails are hygienic. We have given them proof of the hygiene level and medical facilities available in jail. In fact, the barrack in which Mallya would be lodged is east-facing so it has lot of sunlight too,” NDTV quoted a senior level official as saying. Also Read - UK court orders Mallya's extradition; says there's prima facie case against the tycoon
Last month, lawyers in Westminster Court had debated on the condition of toilet and natural light in Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail. The discussion revolved around conditions at Barrack 12 of the Arthur Road jail. Mallya’s defence has claimed that he will not face a fair trial if returned to India and would be subjected to “inhuman” conditions if kept at the Arthur Road jail.
Earlier this week, the issue was raised in Supreme Court. “You must be aware of certain things happening in a foreign country about prisons in India,” a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur told Attorney General K K Venugopal.
The 62-year-old embattled businessman, who has been on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April last year, is fighting extradition to India on charges of alleged fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore.