Peter Mukerjea's very British problem: Can't digest prison food

Updated: 21 December, 2015 12:36 IST | Sailee Dhayalkar |

That was one of the reasons stated in Peter Mukerjea’s application for receiving home-cooked food in jail; CBI Magistrate court allowed his application on grounds of age and ailing health 

The CBI Magistrate Court yesterday allowed Peter Mukerjea’s application for home food at Arthur Road jail, where he is currently lodged. A variety of reasons were given in the application, which included Mukerjea’s health problems and his British nationality, because of which his body is used to a ‘different level of food quality’.

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Peter Mukerjea
The application also stated that Peter is 60 years old and suffers from various ailments, namely high cholesterol, high blood pressure and water retention. File pic

The application, filed by Mukerjea’s lawyer Kushal Mor, stated that Peter is 60 years old and suffers from various ailments, namely high cholesterol, high blood pressure and water retention. The application also said, “When he was in police custody, he was provided a proper diet by the CBI. However, the same is not possible in jail without order of the court. Moreover, he is a British national, and his body is used to a level of hygiene and food quality that is different from that prevailing in India and Indian prisons.”

Health reasons
The defence had also attached the pathology and microbiology reports from the Breach Candy Hospital Trust.

Dr Prakash Bajaj had issued the medical certificate. “Medical certificate shows that blood test of patient i.e. Peter revealed border-line hyperlipidemia and elevated sugar levels (after lunch). He is also on a cholesterol lowering medicine. He has Ischaemic Heart Disease. He is advised to maintain (his health) on home prepared food, using minimum oil and non-spicy items.”

Magistrate observes
The order passed by CBI Magistrate RV Adone reads, “Permission is granted to provide home food to accused Peter Mukerjea in jail by strictly following rules and provisions of Jail Manual under proper supervision of Jail Superintendent till further order.”

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The magistrate observed in her orders, “Medical certificate of Dr Prakash Bajaj reveals that Peter has been under medical supervision for the last 25 years. Therefore, he is aware of Peter’s medical history. The certificate advised home food to Peter due to his ailments.

Considering his age, medical reports, health condition, and in order to avoid aggravation of ailments and deterioration of his health, it is proper to grant home food facility to Peter.”

Prison's opposition

After the application was filed, the prosecution had opposed it. The magistrate had then called for a medical report from the jail authority. The jail authority submitted a medical report of the accused given by the chief medical officer of Mumbai Central Prison.

“The prison diet is a complete meal.

It contains tea, breakfast, lunch, dinner and milk. Chapati, daal, rice and fresh vegetables are provided every day. The diet consists of 2,000 calories and balances proteins, fat, carbohydrates in sufficient quantities. His food can be altered as a low-spice diet.

There is nothing to suggest that Peter requires home food.”

First Published: 19 December, 2015 03:50 IST

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