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May 19, 2024

Supreme Court Issues Notice to Delhi Government on Sukesh Chandrasekhar’s Plea for Jail Transfer

The Supreme Court of India has requested a response from the Delhi government regarding a petition filed by alleged conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar. Chandrasekhar is seeking a transfer from Mandoli jail to any other prison outside of Delhi and Punjab. This notice was issued by a division bench comprising Justices Bela Trivedi and Pankaj Mithal, with the directive returnable on July 19, 2024.

Senior advocate Paramjeet Singh Patwalia, representing Chandrasekhar, argued that his client is under undue surveillance, with two cameras monitoring him constantly. Patwalia contended that this surveillance aims to coerce Chandrasekhar into retracting his complaints. He further informed the court that Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena has recommended a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe against former Delhi minister Satyendra Jain, based on Chandrasekhar’s allegations.

“Please, send me anywhere in the country, except Punjab and Delhi where the Aam Aadmi Party is not there,” Patwalia urged the court. In response, the Supreme Court issued a notice in the matter.

This development follows the apex court’s decision last year to dismiss a similar plea from Chandrasekhar and his wife. They had requested a transfer from Mandoli jail to a prison outside Delhi, citing security concerns. At the time, the court found the writ petition to be “without substance” and saw “no justification to grant indulgence” to the petitioners.

Chandrasekhar has made serious allegations against Satyendra Jain, claiming that the former minister extorted Rs 10 crore in “protection money” from him. He also claimed to have contributed approximately Rs 50 crore to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

The conman and his wife are currently incarcerated on charges of money laundering and defrauding several individuals. Chandrasekhar was initially held in Tihar jail but was transferred to Mandoli Jail after expressing concerns for his safety.

The plea and the ongoing legal battles underscore the complex and high-stakes nature of Chandrasekhar’s case. His allegations and the resultant investigations have significant political implications, involving high-profile figures and substantial sums of money. The Supreme Court’s decision to issue a notice indicates the gravity of the situation and the need for a thorough examination of Chandrasekhar’s claims.

As the July 19 return date approaches, all eyes will be on the responses from the Delhi government and the subsequent developments in this high-profile case. The outcome could have far-reaching consequences not only for Chandrasekhar but also for the political landscape involving the AAP and its members.

Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri

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