LUCKNOW: Changez Khan wants to know if an under trial can be beaten up in the jail. A handcuffed Khan, flanked by two police guards, created quite a flutter in the office of the Information Commissioner of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday morning.
The 45-year-old graduate, transferred recently from Tihar to Badaun district jail, is charged with half a dozen cases of kidnapping and attempts to murder.
The man, says jail superintendent SL Yadav, has utilised his nine years in jail well. "Khan began to study law since 1997 when he was first sent to Tihar. Even in Badaun prison, he would have regular visits from a few local lawyers and could be heard discussing various Acts and provisions," Yadav claimed. Anyway, this man has learnt enough to harass jail authorities, he added.
Yadav learnt it the hard way when the commission served him a notice last week. The notice ordered him to make a personal appearance and explain the failure to forward Khan's application addressed to the commission on February 21, 2007. Khan had submitted the application soon after his fight with four numberdars (senior inmates unofficially appointed to keep order in the premises).
He was pinned down by these men and suffered a loss of face before other inmates. Khan decided to retaliate this time in a perfectly legal manner rather than restoring to further violence. And hence the application under the RTI Act, Yadav said.
Talking to The Times of India on Wednesday, a troubled Yadav admitted that Khan did hand him over a piece of paper which he did not take seriously. But refusing to back off, Khan shot off a complaint to the commission instead. So both the inmate and the officials took a seven-hour journey together on Tuesday to reach the RTI office as two parties.