I can break into Yerwada jail for Rs 5 lakh, claims Maharashtra MLA
Anil Gote, MLA from Dhule, claims jailor at Yerwada prison gets Rs 25,000 per month as "hafta"
A legislator on Wednesday created a flutter in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly by telling Home Minister R R Patil that he could "break into" Pune's Yerwada Jail for Rs five lakh.
"I know what goes on in jails. I was in one for four years," Anil Gote, Dhule MLA, an accused in the multi-crore Telgi stamp scam, who had been lodged in Yerawada Jail in the case, said.
Gote made the remarks after BJP MLA from Pune, Madhuri Misal asked Patil during question hour, about mobile phones and other facilities illegally made available to prisoners in Pune jail.
Patil said the process to install CCTVs and jammers in jails was in progress.
Gote intervened, saying he knew what goes on behind the prison walls. "Jailor and police are on payroll of gangs and make queues to get their share. And here you speak about security. Give me Rs five lakh, I will break Yerwada jail," Gote, Lok Sangram Party leader, said.
The jailor gets Rs 25,000 per month as "hafta", he added.
Gote claimed Patil agreed that the information given by Gote was of a serious nature and announced that the CID would probe the same.