NEW DELHI: Former finance minister P Chidambaram ate dal and rice for dinner on Thursday, his first night in Tihar jail. He skipped the mixed vegetables and rotis on Thursday’s jail menu, sources said.
He has been lodged in a separate cell in jail number 7 at Tihar. He has been placed under round-the-clock security and CCTV camera surveillance for security reasons. This will be apart from the Z-category security assigned to him by the home ministry.
A source said the Tamil Nadu police – which carries out security duty at Tihar – will not guard his cell. These personnel are deployed to create a language barrier for Tihar inmates, a majority of whom are north Indians.
As per the court’s order, Chidambaram has been given a cell with a Western-style toilet and is allowed to keep his spectacles and the medicines prescribed to him. He was given a blanket and a pillow as part of his bedding allocation and a wooden plank was also provided to him to sleep on.
He will be allowed to take a part of his bedding allocation and a wooden plank was also provided to him to sleep on.



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