No record of expenditure on Afzal Guru

Last Updated: Sun, Sep 04, 2011 04:08 hrs

New Delhi: Tihar Jail authorities have not maintained the accounts of expenditure incurred on ensuring safety of Mohammed Afzal Guru, facing gallows for his role in the December 13, 2001 Parliament attack, according to an RTI reply.

The jail authority has responded to the information seeker by saying that there is no practice of keeping separate records relating to such expenditure on individual inmates.

"In this regards, it is informed that no separate record regarding expenditure on security, safety and food of an individual prisoner is maintained," the Public Information Officer in the Office of Director General of Prisons, Tihar Jail, said in the reply.

Ahmedabad-based NGO National Council for Civil Liberties had filed the RTI application seeking information as to how much money has been spent so far by the government on safety, security and food of Guru.

The NGO's vice-president, Mukesh Kumar, who had filed the application, has now preferred to appeal against the response before the first appellate authority in the Director General of Prison's office saying the reply is "unconvincing".

In his appeal, Kumar claimed that as per his knowledge, every jail maintains record of expenditure about high profile convicts.

He supported his contention by making mention of media reports suggesting that Maharashtra government has been maintaining records of expenditure on the safety and security of Pakistani militant Ajmal Kasab who is also sentenced to death in the 26/11 Mumbai attack case.

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