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Monday, November 7, 2011

Wandsworth Prison, inmates and some news

The colonial prisons  infamously known as Cellular Jail (Kala Pani) in Andaman was made famous due to solitary confinement of great freedom fighter Veer Savarkar;  Yerwada is remembered even today for the imprisonment of Mahatma Gandhi.
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.

Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious. Both are disappointed.

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone elses opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

The above are some of the Quotations attributed to a famous person who has some connection to this post……

Prison walls are the places meant to confine criminals who should languish for their misdeeds…. – but for some comforts are provided, as often reported in the case of gruesome killer Kasab who is in Arthur Road jail where crores are being spent..   the Arthur Road Jail is one of the Mumbai’s oldest prisons located between Mahalaxmi and Chincipokli Railway stations.   This features in the 2003 novel of Gregory David Roberts – by name ‘Shantaram’ – a story of convicted Australian bank robber and heroin addict who escapes prison, flees to India and lives for a decade. 

The verdict of 2 years 6 M for Salman Butt, 1 year of Mohammad Asif and 6 months for Amir made enough headlines.   Now there are reports that Mohammad Asif would soon be moved to an open prison.  The Pakistani pace bowler is currently imprisoned at the  high-security jail in Wandsworth, along with his former captain and co-conspirator Butt.  There is no confirmation whether the agent Mazhar Majeed is also keeping company there.  The other offender Mohammad Amir is a teenager and is reportedly to be  at Feltham Young Offenders Institution, which has a reputation for being a harsh environment for inmates.

The Imperial British system reportedly has different categories  ranging from  Criminals who are considered danger to public or national security  to prisoners who are not considered a risk to society and not expected to attempt escape !  - the last category has more privileges and are allowed wander around the grounds when they wish, and have free access to Internet and other leisure options (why at all it be called prison life is anybody’s imagination)

There are also reports that Scotland Yard had earlier stopped the Pakistan Cricket Board from punishing these 3 players involved in the match fixing scandal fearing that it could prejudice a criminal enquiry at the UK, where the scandal occurred.  The proceedings were conducted at Southward Crown Court which handed out jail terms to the players and the agent Mazhar  Majeed.    The News of the World had exposed the conspiracy of players accepting corrupt payments and conspiring to cheat the Lord’s Test against England in Aug 10 where three pre-determined no balls were bowled; two by Amir and one by Asif. 

HM Prison Wandsworth is a Category B men's prison at Wandsworth in the London Borough of Wandsworth, south west London, England. It is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service and is the largest prison in London and one of the largest in western Europe, with similar capacity to Liverpool prison.  The prison was built in 1851 when it was known as Surrey House of Correction. It was designed according to the humane separate system principle with a number of corridors radiating from a central control point with each prisoner having toilet facilities.   Wandsworth was the site of 135 executions, between 1878 and 1961.   In 1951 there was a double execution when two prisoners stood on the gallows together and were executed simultaneously.  The Wandsworth Prison now  contains eight wings on two units and houses  the Vulnerable Prisoners Unit - primarily those convicted of sex offences.   The operator of the Prison, Her Majesty's Prison Service is a part of the National Offender Management Service of the Government of the United Kingdom tasked with managing most of the prisons within England and Wales.   

Some of  the Wandsworth’s notable inmates include, Oscar Wilde, Ronnie Biggs [of Great Train robbery], Julian Assange [wiki leaks], David Chaytor [MP convicted in UK Parliamentary expenses scandal]

The  quotes at the start are attributed to Oscar Wilde.  Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde [1854 – 1900] was a famous Irish  Poet and writer .   Wilde was imprisoned first in Pentonville and then Wandsworth Prison. Inmates followed a regimen of "hard labour, hard fare and a hard bed", which wore very harshly on Wilde, accustomed as he was to many creature comforts. His health declined sharply,  he reportedly  collapsed from illness and hunger. He later spent some months in infirmary and subsequently died…..

Some more news unconnected to the above occurring at a place closer to us.

In Tamilnadu, there are reports that  Sleuths of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) trapped  a  Divisional Manager of a PSU  on charges of demanding and accepting bribe from a member of a panel of surveyors for clearing his bills.  

According to CBI sources, a Surveyor in the panel of the insurance firm ………. complained that the accused demanded Rs 5,000 from him for clearing his pending bills and giving him a cheque. Based on a complaint, ACB sleuths from the CBI laid a trap and arrested him. A case was registered against him under section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. He was produced before Judge of the  Special Court for CBI cases who remanded the accused to judicial custody till November 18.

Not long ago, in June 2011, CBI registered a case against another DM of the same company alleging that he colluding with some others while posted at Kolkatta  during 2005-10, entered into criminal conspiracy  cheating the Company to the tune of Rs 1,29,03,099/- by creating/passing false vouchers without any claim  in the name of M/s. …………….. Finance Ltd. towards payment of brokerage and issuing corresponding cheques

With regards
S. Sampathkumar.

1 comment:

  1. Mazhar Majeed should have got 7 years in prison!