Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Sukesh Chandrashekar paid protection money to jailed AAP leader

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Sukesh Chandrashekhar, an incarcerated con artist, claims to have given convicted Aam Aadmi Party minister Satyendar Jain Rs 10 crore as “protection money.” Chandrashekhar claimed in a letter to Delhi Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena that he had known the AAP chief since 2015. The letter further stated that the AAP received a total payment of Rs. 50 crore after promising him a key party post in southern India.

“After being detained in 2017, I was visited frequently in Tihar Jail by Mr. Satyendar Jain, the jail minister, who had the charge… I was visited by Jain in 2019 once again, and his secretary demanded that I pay Rs 2 crore per month as protection money and receive basic privileges within the jail, according to Chandrashekhar’s letter, which was provided through his attorney.

Chandrashekhar, who is now detained in Delhi’s Mandoli jail, was apprehended for reportedly extorting cash from prominent individuals, including Aditi Singh, the wife of former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh. In August of this year, following several petitions for a transfer to another jail, he was moved from Delhi’s Tihar jail to Mandoli jail.

He said that the Tihar prison had issued him death threats.

He asked the Supreme Court to remove him from Mandoli prison once more this month. The Supreme Court, nevertheless, turned down his appeal. It is interesting to note that on October 19, days after the letter was posted, the L-G authorised the Delhi Police’s Economic Offenses Division to look into 82 prisons department employees for their alleged participation in the organised crime syndicate run by Chandrashekhar from inside jail grounds.

Chandrashekhar said in the letter that he told a CBI investigation team last month about the payments made to Jain, the AAP, and D-G Prisons. The L-office G’s did not respond right away.

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