The Delhi Police’s Crime Department has initiated a probe in opposition to 32 Tihar jail officers and former promoters of Unitech Ltd Sanjay Chandra and Ajay Chandra for allegedly “colluding” contained in the jail, mentioned police Tuesday.
Police have booked them beneath sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the IPC.
The Supreme Court docket on August 26 directed Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana to research the fees in a report by the Enforcement Directorate, which had acknowledged that the Chandra brothers, who have been lodged in Tihar jail, have been having a free run and have been “flouting the jail guide” in connivance with officers.
The ED had accused the brothers — who have been arrested following complaints of siphoning homebuyers’ cash — of “participating in unlawful actions by flouting the jail guide… making transfers of belongings and dissipating the proceeds of crime… influencing witnesses, and trying to derail the investigation”.
The courtroom had additionally mentioned the ED’s report on conduct of the Chandra brothers and connivance of jail workers in flouting orders and undermining jurisdiction of the courtroom have raised some “severe and disturbing” points.
The courtroom directed that the jail authorities “have acted completely in connivance with them… We’ve misplaced religion within the Tihar jail authorities. They’re sitting within the capital metropolis and implementing the orders of the Supreme Court docket and that is occurring beneath their nostril. Completely shameless of the Superintendent of the Tihar jail is all we need to say.”
Chinmoy Biswal, the Delhi Police PRO, mentioned each brothers have been shifted from the central jail, Tihar, to Arthur Highway jail and Taloja central jail in Mumbai.
The Police chief submitted a report on September 28 naming the jail officers. On October 6, the Supreme Court docket granted Asthana permission to conduct a “full-fledged legal investigation” into the allegations of collusion and ordered the fast suspension of jail officers named in his report.
“We’ve registered an FIR with the Crime Department beneath sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the IPC. In the course of the enquiry, names of 32 officers from Tihar jail quantity 7 have come up. They have been discovered to be complicit with the Chandra brothers on this matter,” mentioned Biswal. Police Tuesday mentioned they’ve written to Director Basic at Tihar jail and House Ministry to take additional authorized motion within the case.
Final week on Monday, Sanjay Chandra’s spouse Preeti Chandra and his father Ramesh Chandra have been arrested by the ED in reference to the Unitech cash laundering case.