2G blessing; Tihar prisoners to get cooler, iPad?

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New Delhi, May 25: They ashamed the country with the biggest telecom scam and now started harassing the jail officials with big demands. 2G spectrum accused, who are currently lodged in Delhi's Tihar jail has asked the jail authorities for cooler and iPads.

The government on Wednesday, May 25 is expected to reply on the demands made by the corporate honchos, especially of DB Realty's Asif Balwa. Recently, Balwa's aide, another detained accused, Rajiv Agarwal was caught while sneaking a BlackBerry phone in to the jail.

The jail manual, that provides for what is permitted and prohibited inside prison, was written in 1988 and last amended in 2000. So, many speculated that the government may allow Balwa and other prisoners to use some technology device in jail.

Balwa's lawyer argued in court that his client needs iPad to prepare his defence against the copious chargesheet filed by CBI in the case. However, the court earlier had rejected two other demands - home cooked food and a cooler in his ward.

"The prosecution has relied upon the chargesheet and documents above 80,000 pages and it isn't feasible for the applicant to take these many pages with him in judicial custody and make notes for briefing his counsel and again in the morning carry the same pages to the courtroom. Using the same in digitized format in iPad is convenient and applicant can prepare his defence efficiently," Balwa's counsel argued in the court on Tuesday, May 24.

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