New Delhi: Offering tea to former Commonwealth Games OC Chairperson Suresh Kalmadi proved costly for the Tihar Jail Superintendent AC Bhadwaj. After Bhardwaj found guilty in the vigilance probe, a report after getting nod from the Home Ministry has been sent to the Delhi government to take disciplinary action against him. Now the state government will decide his fate.

The action was taken five days after an Additional Sessions Judge Brijesh Kumar Garg during a surprise visit to the jail on June 30 found that Kalmadi was being served tea in the Jail Superintendent’s office.

Divulging the details, Additional Director General R N Sharma said, “The internal inquiry has found incriminating evidence to confirm the Judge’s findings. We have recommended disciplinary action to the Ministry of Home Affairs against Superintendent S C Bhardwaj, who had been cleared for a routine transfer to Port Blair jail on June 15. The recommendation has been cleared by the Chief Secretary of the Delhi government.”

Kalmadi, an accused in the Commonwealth Games scams, is lodged in Jail No 4 of Tihar since May.

Meanwhile, Tihar authorities have also suspended three other officials for bending the rules. “Jitendra Pal and Krishan Kumar, both Assistant Superintendents, and Satbir, Head Warden of Jail Number 4 have been suspended for other lapses”, Sharma said.

Notably, Vikas Yadav and Vishal Yadav, accused in Nitish Katara murder case were also found strolling in the jail premises during the Judge’s visit for which the three suspended officials were held responsible.

ADG said, “Vishal Yadav was found sitting before the temple during the close hour which is between 12 to 3pm in the day time. The inquiry found that he was permitted by our head warder Satbir”.

Action has been taken against the two Assistant Jail Superintendents as they had unlawfully and needlessly kept the cells open, Sharma said.

JPN/Bureau