As reported by Poornima Swaminathan in mid-day.com on 21 January 2011:
Jail stint: 2.5 yrs, In hospital: 1.5 yrs)
Jail stint: 2.5 yrs, In hospital: 1.5 yrs
Matka queen Jaya Bhagat has spent 490 days out of her 30-month jail custody at JJ hospital, reveals RTI; sources say she even runs her racket from there
The safest place to run a gambling racket in the city could well be from the sanitised environs of a hospital bed.
It has come to the fore that Jaya Bhagat, arrested on charges of orchestrating the murder of ex-husband matka king Suresh Bhagat in 2008, has competently been running the matka business while admitted to JJ hospital's general ward over the last year.
Jaya Bhagat stays in the general ward instead of the prisoners' ward at JJ Hospital.
At a time when medical facilities in the prison are dismal and most prisoners do not have access to basic cough tablets and painkillers, Jaya's overstay at the hospital is raising many eyebrows.
Well-placed sources said that instead of serving time in a prison, Jaya, under the guise of being treated, is "being pampered and is enjoying a good time and has also been running the matka business from the hospital ward".
Sources said she has been running the matka business using the cell phones of relatives and visitors who come to see her.
The details of her stay were revealed through an RTI enquiry.
The documents (in MiD DAY's possession) state that Jaya's last stint at JJ hospital was a year long, since January 21, 2010, until January 8, 2011, the date the reply was issued.
Moreover, ever since her jail custody since August 2008, she has been visiting the hospital almost every month (see box), spending an aggregate of 490 days in the hospital's care until date.
According to hospital authorities, Jaya is being treated for hypothyroidism, infection in the urinary bladder, psychotic depression, uterine fibroid, and has been admitted to the neurology ward of the hospital.
As per the rule, undertrials are supposed to be admitted in the prison ward. But jail authorities say that even after they intervened, Jaya has still not been shifted. "Jaya's continual hospital stays did come to my notice.
I wrote to the hospital authorities asking them to shift her to the prisoner ward, but to no avail," said Surinder Kumar, deputy inspector general, prisons.
Earlier this month, when MiD DAY asked JJ hospital dean, Dr T P Lahane, about prisoners staying at hospitals for long stretches, he had said, "It's a difficult task to handle prisoners.
Matka king Suresh Bhagat's murder was orchestrated by Jaya Bhagat in 2008
They approach us with various special requests and unnecessarily pressurise the doctors and hospital administration.
But if the patient is really ill, irrespective of their prisoner status, we will treat the patient as a human being first."
Suresh Bhagat was allegedly murdered by his wife Jaya, son Hitesh and five others in June 2008.
The seven accused were booked under the Maharashtra Control Of Organised Crime Act, after investigations revealed that they had hatched a conspiracy to eliminate Bhagat. The MCOCA charges were dropped later.
According to the police, Jaya and Suresh were running two separate matka gambling operations in the city after they divorced.
The murder conspiracy came to light after a dispute over earnings worth
Rs 100 crore.
Details of Jaya Bhagat's stay at JJ hospital
Jan 21, 2010 to Jan 8, 2011: nearly a year
Dec 12, 2009 to Jan 4, 2010: 25 days
May 30, 2009 to July 14 2009: 45 days
April 25, 2009 to May 15, 2009: 20 days
Mar 25, 2009 to Mar 30, 2009: 6 days
Feb 4, 2009 to Mar 3, 2009: 30 days
As reported by Raakhi Jagga in indianexpress.com on 21 January 2011:
161 measurement books missing from LIT records
161 measurement books missing from LIT records
A total of 161 measurement books (MB) are missing from the records of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) from the year 2001, it is learnt.
These books contain details of all development work — expenditure, payment made to contractors, etc. When released, while a junior engineers (JE) has to fill one MB with details regarding various works, a second MB can be issued only when the first one has been submitted for the records. However, it has been found that one JE has been issued more than 20 MBs, when he is either yet to submit the previous ones or the books are missing from the records.
Such discrepancy came to the forefront when the council of RTI activists asked for details from LIT authorities under the Right To Information Act.
Rohit Sabharwal, president of RTI council, said: “Measurement books have to be submitted to the LIT office because they contain all details. According to rule, a JE has to fill a MB on a daily basis — where works are being carried out and how much work has been completed on a given day. These books are of great help if any inquiry is conducted regarding any project. So, it seems that it is a deliberate act to misplace the MBs.”
The JEs who have been issued MBs are Mukhtair Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Gurmail Singh, Nirmal Singh, Ranjit Kumar, Jagdev Singh, Boota Ram, Narinder Kumar, Navin Malhotra, Ashwini Kumar, Inderpal Singh, Bikram Singh and Jaswinder Singh.
Arvind Sharma, general secretary of the council, said: “The JEs have never been asked why they have not submitted the books since 2001. Moreover, they have no details regarding the details of the projects that have already been completed.”
Not only this, according to the audit report revealed under RTI, there is no record of utilisation of construction material issued to contractors and engineers in the books.
A similar incident has taken place in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation as well. Here, the JEs have not submitted the MBs and hence, cases of overbilling or details of billing in many projects are not available, said sources.