Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Supreme Court adjourns hearing on plea seeking transfer of conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar from Tihar Jail to August 23

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned hearing to August 23, on a writ petition seeking shifting of conman Sukash Chandrashekhar from Tihar jail, alleging threat to life from prison officials.

Appearing before the Bench, ASG S.V. Raju said that Sukesh was absolutely safe in Tihar jail.

“You can check the CCTVs. He has a software on his phone to mimic voices, even Supreme Court judges,” alleged the ASG.

Earlier on August 5, the Apex Court had permitted Chandrashekhar to appear virtually before a Chennai court.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) S.V. Raju had then apprised the bench about an FIR registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against Sukesh and asked the court to consider allowing him to be present virtually.

The ASG had expressed apprehension that if Sukesh was taken to Chennai, another person may be duped.

The Counsel for Sukesh, when asked whether the conman had any objection in appearing online, replied in negative.

The Counsel then asked the Apex Court whether all the courts, which were hearing the 21 cases filed against Sukesh, would allow virtual hearing.

The Supreme Court replied that it would be beneficial for Sukesh only, if the courts give permission for the same.

Sukesh had alleged in the petition that Tihar officials were torturing him for failing to meet their monetary demands.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) denied the allegations and claimed that Sukesh was running an extortion ring from behind the bars with the help of certain officials, against whom action has now been taken.

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