Mallya case: Modi rejected UK’s doubts on Indian jails

India has rebuffed UK raising doubts about conditions of Indian prisons on the extradition of liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is wanted for defaulting loans from Indian banks worth thousands of crores, saying “jails in India were the same ones where the British had lodged Mahatma Gandhi and Nehru”. It was PM Modi who reminded his counterpart Theresa May about the conditions of Indian jails, revealed external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj while presenting report card of four years of Modi rule.

“UK courts wanting to check the conditions of jails in India is not correct. Modi told May that these are the same jails where they jailed Gandhi and Nehru,” said Swaraj. During the proceedings, Mallya’s counsel had claimed that Indian jails are over-crowded and unhygienic. He had also produced a prison service expert to reflect on the conditions.

Gautam Datt