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Saxena sanctions CBI probe against ex-minister Jain

Saxena sanctions  CBI probe against ex-minister Jain

VK Saxena



Tribune News Service

Anshita Mehra

New Delhi, March 2

Delhi Lieutenant Governor (L-G) VK Saxena has authorised a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry under Section 17A of the Prevention of Corruption (POC) Act against former Delhi minister and AAP leader Satyendar Jain.

Accused of taking Rs 10 crore extortion

The allegations against former Delhi minister and AAP leader Satyendar Jain involve the extortion of Rs 10 crore from Sukesh Chandrashekhar between 2018 and 2021, either directly or through associates, in exchange for ensuring his comfort and safety across multiple Delhi jails. The matter was brought to light through the Directorate of Vigilance (DoV), GNCTD, prompting the L-G’s intervention in the matter.

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The inquiry stems from allegations that Jain had extorted Rs 10 crore from conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar as “protection money”.

Jain, who served as the Jail Minister in the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government, is accused of running an extortion racket from Tihar Jail, alongside former Tihar Jail DG Sandeep Goel. They allegedly demanded protection money from high-profile inmates in various Delhi jails.

The sanction for the CBI inquiry comes after Jain’s arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in a money-laundering case, during which he allegedly influenced jail officials to receive VIP treatment, including body massages, while being in Tihar Jail.

In addition to Jain, Saxena also referred the matter to the Ministry of Home Affairs for further action. The decision follows a previous sanction for a CBI inquiry against Raj Kumar, the former Superintendent of Tihar Jail, for extortion activities allegedly conducted under the direction of Jain and Sandeep Goel.

The allegations against Jain involve the extortion of Rs 10 crore from Sukesh Chandrashekhar between 2018 and 2021, either directly or through associates, in exchange for ensuring his comfort and safety across multiple Delhi jails. The matter was brought to light through the Directorate of Vigilance (DoV), GNCTD, prompting the LG’s intervention in the matter.

Besides Jain, Raj Kumar and Sandeep Goel, Sukesh also accused Mukesh Prasad of extorting Rs 12.50 crore from him between 2019 and 2022. Jain, Goel, Prasad, and Kumar are accused of abusing their official positions to provide undue favours to Sukesh and other high-profile inmates in Delhi jails in exchange for financial gains.

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