Superintendent suspended over jail tour to MLA‘s hubby

FEROZEPUR: Ferozepur Central Jail superintendent was suspended on Sunday for allowing the husband of Congress Rural to tour the jail on Saturday and have his photographs clicked with hardcore criminals lodged in the prison. Jail minister ordered the suspension of officiating jail superintendent Arvinderpal Singh Bhatti after the photos of the MLA‘s husband Jesmail Singh alias Gheri inside the prison went viral on went on the social media on Sunday.

Though the visit of Laddi to the jail was pre-approved by the prison authorities, there were several apparent violations of the protocol and jail manual leading to an uproar on the social media. However, the jail administration as well as Laddi declined to comment on the issue.

“According to jail rule book, even an elected MLA is not authorized to inspect the jail just like that. Here the jail officials not only arranged the tour of Laddi inside the jail, but also allowed people accompanying him to go in without frisking or else there would have been no photos of the MLA‘s husband with the jail inmates,” a local SAD leader said.

He alleged that Laddi has been enjoying the status of an elected representative on the behalf of his wife and even attending officials meetings.

Sources confirmed that the jail administration had demanded funds from the Congress MLA to install a RO water purifier inside the prison and carpeting of road with interlocking tiles for which Laddi was allowed to visit the jail to inspect the locations.

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