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Supreme Court rejects jail transfer plea of conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar

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The Supreme Court refused to entertain on Tuesday, an application filed by alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, seeking transfer from Mandoli jail, where he was currently lodged, to any other prison not manned by the current Director General of Prisons, Delhi.

The Bench of Justice Ajay Rastogi and Justice C.T. Ravikumar dismissed the petition, stating that the Apex Court was not inclined to grant the prayer of transfer.

The Counsel representing Sukesh alleged that in spite of several assurances, he was being allegedly assaulted in jail and pressurised to pay Rs 25 lakh per month in jail.

Earlier on August 23, the Supreme Court had directed the authorities to transfer Chandrashekhar and his wife from Tihar Jail to Mandoli Jail in the national capital.

Seeking transfer to any prison outside the national capital, both Chandrashekhar and his wife had apprehended threat to their lives.

Chandrasekhar had alleged in his plea that his life and safety were under threat from some prison officials in Tihar.

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However, the Enforcement Directorate, probing the money laundering case against him, had proposed that he be transferred to Mandoli jail.

This was accepted by the Court.

Chandrashekhar then moved the Court again, this time seeking transfer to some other jail not manned by the current Delhi Director-General of Prisons, which was declined by the Apex Court today.

Chandrashekhar was arrested for cheating and extortion besides money laundering charges.

The Supreme Court had in July asked the imprisoned conman to reveal the names of Tihar jail officials to whom he made payments amounting to over Rs 12.5 crores to secure a lavish lifestyle inside the jail.

It had passed the order on a plea filed by Chandrashekhar and his wife, alleging a threat to their lives and seeking a transfer to a prison outside Delhi.

Chandrashekhar is lodged in jail on charges of alleged money laundering and duping several people.

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In an affidavit filed earlier by Director General (Prisons), Delhi Prisons, it was said that the contents of Mr. Chandrashekhar’s application that he was assaulted in jail are vehemently denied as totally and wholly false and fabricated for the ulterior motive of seeking transfer to another prison to repeat his misdemeanours and offences.

On June 20, the ED had made some startling revelations against Mr. Chandrashekhar that he indulged in money laundering, extortion, impersonation of public officials including those holding constitutional posts, and had opposed his plea for prison transfer outside Delhi.

The probe agency has sought to intervene in the plea filed by Chandrashekhar and his wife.

The agency named several TV and Bollywood personalities with whom the alleged conman has contacts and used to give them expensive gifts.

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