Unitech case: Supreme Court orders probe into collusion of Tihar jail officials with former promoters [6.10.2021]

New Delhi, 6.10.2021, Wednesday

The Supreme Court on October 6 ordered immediate suspension and a full-fledged probe against some Tihar Jail officials for conniving with the former promoters of the embattled company Unitech, following a report submitted by Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana filed in a sealed cover.

A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah directed that criminal cases be registered against Tihar Jail officials and other unknown persons under relevant provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal Code against those involved in collusion on the basis of the report.

It also directed that the Tihar officials be suspended, pending proceedings against whom cases will be lodged as per the report.

The Enforcement Directorate, which is investigating money laundering charges against Unitech’s Chandras, had revealed to the Supreme Court on August 26 that Ramesh Chandra and Sanjay Chandra were operating a "secret underground office” in South Delhi from Tihar jail. The office was visited by his sons Sanjay Chandra and Ajay Chandra when on parole or bail.

The Supreme Court on August 26 had said that the Enforcement Directorate’s reports about the conduct of promoters of the embattled firm Unitech Group and the connivance of Tihar jail staff in flouting the orders and undermining the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court have raised serious and disturbing issues and directed that Sanjay Chandra and Ajay Chandra be shifted from Tihar Jail here to Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail and Taloga jail in Maharashtra.

07 Oct 2021