With Rs 10 Food Budget, Sait 'Forces' Hotel to Serve Kanimozhi and Team
Preventive detention after a protest over the arrest of fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy doesn’t prevent DMK Rajya Sabha MP, Kanimozhi from engaging in a discussion on the 2G scam with her father’s Man Friday, Jaffer Sait.
Though centred around the trajectory of the CBI probe, the purported conversation in the tapes released by AAP has lighter moments as well. Despite coming from a political family, she was not aware that the police have to arrange food for the detenues as she thought her party would organise it.
While the patriarch’s pet daughter corrects the top cop to use differently-abled instead of handicapped, while referring to Sharad Kumar of Kalaignar TV, both share their concern over the government allocating a pittance - just RS 10 - for providing lunch for each of those held under preventive detention.
The alleged conversation takes place while she was confined at a marriage hall along with hundreds of DMK cadre on February 16, 2011. Sait offers to arrange special lunch for her which she turns down. Then the reigning czar of the state intelligence wing goes to the extent of arranging lunch for all from Saravana Bhavan. “In such massive arrests... our people will go... ask Saravana Bhavan... They will threaten... will you provide lunch or shall we do the honours,” says Sait, according to the tapes. A concerned Sait asks: “What about lunch ma’am? to which Kanimozhi responds: “They will organise no? Sait, exhibiting servility asks: “Yeah they will organise... but for you ma’am?” She turns down that offer saying: “Same thing... or it will look bizzare.”
Explaining to the MP that it was the duty of the State to provide food for those under detention, Sait complains the government allocation of Rs 10 for each was a pittance and he had been fighting for increasing it or establish a centralised kitchen by the State police. This could serve the twin purpose of serving the cops on duty and people under detention during protests.
For her part, Kanimozhi terms the megre allocation as ‘injustice’ and appreciates Sait’s idea. Picking up on that, Sait says he would implement it if made the DGP and reminds Kanimozhi not to forget to elevate him to that exalted post.