At the Old Hospital Block in the 1876-built Chanchalguda jail, celebrations broke out on Monday evening. One of the inmates of the special category prisoners barrack got bail and it was an occasion that brought cheer.

YS Jaganmohan Reddy, under trial no. 6093, was informed unofficially by some of the prison staff that the court had granted him bail. In addition, the cell of the YSR Congress leader also has a television set and the news from Doordarshan channels only confirmed the news to him. Jaganmohan Reddy reportedly smiled and looked relief when the news was conveyed to him. Prison superintendent B Saidaiah, however, said it was the duty of the prison officials to convey the news of his bail to him only after they get the documents.

Jaganmohan Reddy was arrested on May 27, 2012 and though some of the other VIP inmates had got bail and left the jail in the "Jagan assets case", Jagan himself did not get a bail despite several attempts.

The block where Jaganmohan Reddy, son of former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, was kept is a spacious premises with several huge trees which provide shade and make the place cool. Even during the hot summer, VIP prisoners made it a habit to spent time under the trees coming out of their individual cells.

Jaganmohan Reddy will be out of jail only on Tuesday as the bail formalities will have to be completed. Jagan used to spend time in the jail by reading books, newspapers and playing shuttle with the other inmates. On one occasion, he had even injured his toe and had to be treated at the jail hospital itself.

Until Jagan recently undertook an indefinite fast in the jail for the cause of Seemandhra, sources said he conducted himself well, according to the prison administration rules. When informed that he could see his visitors during mulaqat only twice in a week, he chose to meet them on Tuesdays and Fridays.

During the fast that he under took, prison officials told him that he would be deprived of his mulaqat as punishment but the YSR CP leader dismissed the threat. He had to be later shifted to the hospital and returned to the jail after recuperating.

Sources said Jaganmohan Reddy did not make many demands in the jail. Since he was a special category prisoner, he was given the liberty to get the food cooked of his choice. He was given a table, chair, a cot and a television. Jaganmohan Reddy interacted well with prison staff though he was deliberately kept away from any celebrations in the prison, including independence day and republic day.

"For security reasons, we had to keep him away from the other prisoners," a prison official said.

Much as Jaganmohan Reddy conducted himself well in the jail, right from the time he was sent to the jail on May 28, 2012 after his arrest the previous evening, attempts were made to get him out of it. His wife Bharati petitioned saying that his life was under threat in the jail.

Prison authorities informed the court that he had been segregated and put in a place where other prisoners had no access. Moreover, a security drill also was followed. Not all prison staff had access to him in the barrack. Only certain staff could go to the barrack. The security was beefed up and a 24-hour vigil was kept on the barrack.

Times were tough for Jaganmohan Reddy in the jail as he had to meet his family members in conditions that were not conducive. In the office of the deputy superintendent, he could sit on a bench and meet his family. But there was no privacy as the jail would always be around. But meeting them like that itself was a favour.

Other common prisoners can talk to their visitors only through the `jaali' separated by a wire mesh and the distance between them being at least three to four feet. The prison did not allow home food though the family put a petition in the court that he should be allowed to be given home food as advised by the doctors of the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS).

On Monday, when the court granted bail on Jagan several of his supporters converged near the jail hoping that he would be released in the evening itself. Jagan will walk out only on Tuesday after the bail papers reach the jail and they are scrutinised. With a VVIP prisoner out of jail, prison authorities are sure to heave a sigh of relief.