In an ideal situation, a convict can step out of the jail only when he is on parole. Take the case of a senior politician of a national party, in jail for 83 days but visiting his family every weekend and came back to his cell in Parappana Agrahara in the wee hours the next morning.
But, this luxury does not come for free. The inmates can pay a minimal amount of Rs 1,000 to 2,000 to the jail officials for an evening or a weekend outing. Essentially, the convict needs to be accompanied by a few cops (who enjoy their day out too), but with a little rapport, even that can be avoided.
The politician, for instance, was driven home from jail, but was later shifted to hospital from where he visited his home regularly.
Even this has a catch, anyone visiting the prison ward of the Victoria hospital will have to feed the cops accompanying him with ten masala dosas, idli, vada before being allowed to go. The politician claims to have spent around Rs 4 lakhs in availing this facility.
But, doesn't that run the risk of prisoners not coming back to jail? Yes it does, but the jail officials have a filter check there. Not anyone and everyone can avail this facility unless the family of the prisoner needs to convince the officials that they would return after the break.
Police suspect that the psycho rapist who escaped from Jail Sept 3 also attempted to avail this facility, but was unable to do so. So, he escaped.