Palaniappan Chidambaram, Former Finance and Home Minister who is in Tihar Jail since Thursday, September 5, will have many uncomfortable moments, worst perhaps will be spending his 74th birthday on 16th September, during his 14 day judicial custody till September 19.
CBI Special Judge, Ajay Kuhar sent him to Tihar in the INX Media case on Thursday.
Chidambaram may also be embarrassed about the company he may have. For the Jail mates in Tihar would be: Rajiv Saxena of Augusta Westland Case, Christian Michel also of Augusta Westland case, Deepak Talwar of Airbus Air India Scam, Chota Rajan,the gangster accused of murder of journalist J. Dey and in fake passport case, Manu Sharma accused in the Jessica Lal case , R.K. Sharma of the Shivani murder case and those convicted in the Nirbhaya murder case among others.
Lodged in Cell No.7, a cell occupied by his son Karti Chidambaram earlier, he may have to lead the life of a common man and will have to be content with the sparse food given to ordinary inmates, though he is given a separate room, wash room and European closet on special request considering his knee problem. Z security will also be provided to him. He was given medical check up on arrival.
A man used to gourmet food, Chidambaram will now have modest meals: Breakfast of Dalia, bread and Tea, Lunch and Dinner consisting Dal, Roti, Subzi and Rice.
He will be in Lock up from 9 PM to 6 AM. He will be free later and can watch television and have access to the prison library.
Reacting to his father’s judicial custody, Karti Chidambaram said that a bail application would be moved soon.
After the imprisonment of Indira Gandhi, Chidambaram will be the second high profile Congress leader to go to Tihar.