ED opposes shifting of Sukesh Chandrashekhar out of Tihar | Delhi News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate on Monday opposed the Supreme Court’s tentative decision to shift out conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar out of Tihar Jail to a prison outside Delhi as he claimed threat to his life after he was allegedly found bribing officials to continue with his extortion activities while leading a lavish lifestyle in jail.
Solicitor general Tushar Mehta told a vacation bench of Justices CT Ravikumar and Sudhanshu Dhulia that Chandrashekhar had set up a full-fledged office inside the Tihar jail in connivance with few officials by bribing them and was running an extortion racket from there. The ED said the accused had used sophisticated software to impersonate the law and home secretary to extort Rs 215 crore from Aditi Singh on the false promise of getting her husband Shivinder Mohan Singh out of jail on bail.
ED said since stringent measures have been taken to immobilise Chandrashekhar from running his extortion racket from inside Tihar jail, he has come out with this threat to life alibi to seek shifting to a prison outside Delhi that would enable him to resume his nefarious activities from a new prison where tofficials are unaware of his innovative modus operandi.
On Friday, a vacation bench of Justices A S Bopanna and Vikram Nath had agreed with Chandrashekhar’s counsel Meenakshi Arora that it would be better to shift him out of Tihar and had asked the Union government to suggest jails in other states where he could be shifted. The bench headed by Justice Ravikumar posted the matter for detailed hearing on Tuesday.
Filing a detailed counter affidavit opposing the plea for shifting out of Tihar, the ED said, “There is absolutely no threat to the life of Chandrashekhar and his wife Leena Paulose inside Tihar jail. They are making up an excuse to repeat their modus operandi in some other prison where the prison officials would not be familiar with Chandrashekhar’s antics.”
“The present plea for shifting out of Tihar is yet another ploy to repeat the same misdemeanours in another jail facility and exploit the loopholes where the jail authorities are not familiar with his innovative methods of conmanship. Tihar jail has already deployed suitable and sufficient measures and mechanism to check and contain any possibility of the petitioner accused repeating his misdemeanours within the jail,” the ED said.
The ED affidavit said, “Leena has stated in her statement that she had seen Sukesh having a party (consuming alcohol, chicken and mutton) in Tihar Jail through video calls and she had also seen that Sukesh’s food used to come from Hotel Taj in Tihar Jail….(Witness statements) revealed that Sukesh was maintaining a well furnished personal office in Tihar Jail. Some officials in police uniform saluted the ladies when they entered Tihar jail and these ladies were allowed to enter the jail premises without an i-card.”
“ONe BMW car and an Innova car were maintained by Sikesh in Tihar Jail premises for pick up and drop of his guests including ladies… Sukesh used to give cash and expensive gifts to these ladies in his office inside Tihar jail.”


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