The jail diary of Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh, being serialised in Bengali daily Swabhumi since May 8, has left jail authorities bothered. Ghosh has been in jail since November 29 in connection with the Saradha scam.
Advertisements had announced the series before it started. Arunabha Ghosh, the lawyer representing the newspaper, said the Bidhannagar police had summoned editor Ankit Jaiswal. “They asked him about the series and his relations with Ghosh,” he said. Commissioner of police Rajeev Kumar did not respond to the allegation when The Indian Express contacted him.
In the series, Kunal Ghosh writes about his experience in jails and court lockups and the people he meets, though he has not referred to the scam directly.
“If his write-ups mention anything against the state, the police will have to look into it. He is a division 2 prisoner and can write only one letter per month. We don’t know how his write-ups are coming out,” a jail department official said. “Last month the government directed a probe after Ghosh managed to send a letter to the Enforcement Directorate, bypassing jail officials. The rule is that letters written by a prisoner
are to be routed through the jail
According to Arunabha Ghosh, publishing the series is not illegal. “Ghosh is an undertrial, not a convict, so there is no law preventing a newspaper from publishing it. The Supreme Court has given this verdict in a similar case in Tamil Nadu,” he said.