Shifting of alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar from Tihar Jail was opposed by the Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday.
The agency said that conman that he should be prosecuted for perjury for making false allegations against department for torture and assault in jal.
Enforcement Directorate was represented by the Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta, who submitted before a vacation bench of Justice CT Ravikumar and Sudhanshu Dhulia that even in jail, he continued his illegal activities in collusion with prison officials.
The SGI said” Sukesh impersonated the Law Secretary, Home Secretary and even made calls to judges”. The details of this are mentioned in the latest affidavit filed by the ED.
The bench however agreed that observations by the vacation bench were appropriate in the sense that both Sukesh and his wife Leena Paulouse should be shifted from Tihar jail to allay the apprehensions of danger to life.
Our difficulty is that, the previous bench has already passed an order on June 17. There’s a specific finding. So long as it’s there, how can we give a different view?”, Justice Ravikumar said.
SGI Tushar Mehta said that while the order was passed on June 17 ED was not a party in the case and now the agency has filed an application seeking impleadment.
The SG said that ED is willing to get the matter placed before the judges who were members in the previous bench .
The lawyer of Sukesh and his wife Leena, appearing for them is Advocate R Basant, who submitted that the jail officials were demanding bribes for not torturing them.
The lawyer added that the June 17 order was passed after hearing the Union Government.
The allegations of torture were refueted by the SGI, who further added that the Sukesh was bringing “models” in jail with the help of officials. “There were some models who visited him surreptitiously in jail with help from the authorities.
Tushar Mehta also said that action has been taken against the erring officials and currently they have been arrested or terminated they have been either arrested or terminated
“We will take up the matter in the afternoon. Meanwhile the registry can see if it can be placed before one of the same judges. It is clear that the judges have not heard the rival contentions”, Justice Ravikumar said
The conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar and his wife Leena Paulose, are currently lodged in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail in cases related to cheating and extortion,
The couple approached the Supreme Court by way of a writ petition seeking transfer to any other jail voicing apprehensions of life threat.
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