The CBI has sought sanction from the Delhi LG to file a case against former Jail Minister Satyendar Jain. The case alleges that Jain extorted substantial amounts from several high-profile prisoners, including Sukesh Chandrashekar, an alleged conman, to facilitate their comfortable stay in prison.
The CBI, in its plea to Lieutenant General VK Saxena, asserts the existence of a «high-level corruption and extortion racket» within Delhi›s jails. The agency implicates then DG Prison Sandeep Goel, then Additional Inspector General of Prisons Mukesh Prasad, along with other officers, private individuals, and accomplices in running this syndicate.
According to the CBI, Jain purportedly extorted and received Rs 10 crore from Chandrashekar in multiple transactions between 2018 and 2021. This money was allegedly obtained as protection fees, allowing the inmate to lead a peaceful life in jail.
Chandrashekhar is detained on charges related to money laundering and deceiving multiple individuals. The agency further alleges that Goel and Prasad extracted Rs 12.50 crore from Sukesh Chandrashekar between 2019 and 2022. These amounts, received either directly or through their associates, were similarly presented as protection money for a comfortable stay in jail.
The CBI claims that Goel and Prasad, in addition to Chandrashekar, also extorted funds from «other high-profile prisoners» to ensure their safety and comfort within the jail premises. Raj Kumar, the then Jail Superintendent at Central Jail-4, Tihar, was allegedly involved in aiding Goel in extorting money from Chandrashekar.
Jain, Goel, Prasad, and Kumar, all serving as public servants, are accused of misusing their official positions to grant undue favors to Chandrashekar and other high-profile inmates. The alleged favors were in exchange for valuable considerations from the inmates.
Jain, an AAP leader, is currently lodged in a Delhi jail in connection with a money laundering case.