The teams wanted to ascertain if banned items like smartphones and cigarettes had been smuggled into the prisons, they said.
A senior official said searches at Chennai Puzhal Central jail concluded days ago following which 18 televisions were removed from A-class cells and five prisoners shifted to other jails at Palayamkottai, Salem, Tiruchirappalli and Coimbatore.
Though televisions are allowed for A-class cells, they were removed 'as of now' to prevent its misuse to charge mobile phones, officials said.
The photos were retrieved from a mobile phone seized from a prisoner during a search at Puzhal Central Jail in which six other handsets were seized on September 3.
The images found in the mobile showed prisoners taking 'selfies' with other inmates, sporting sunglasses and wearing branded shoes.
One prisoner was seen standing with a badminton racquet an another reclining on a cot in a cosy looking cell with a television.
The prisoners in the photographs were mostly narcotic offenders and had easy access to items like induction stoves and juicers.
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