With prison officials on his payroll, con man Sukesh Chandrashekhar was the ‘king’ of Tihar
By Shekhar Singh
New Delhi, Nov 19 (SocialNews.XYZ) Multi-millionaire con artist Sukesh Chandrashekhar, who is currently being held in Mandoli prison in Delhi, was once in Tihar high security prison where he led a life of luxury and ran its operations outdoors with ease. He turned his cell into an office.
Sukesh, who has been in custody since April 28, 2017, was initially held in prison no. 1 before being transferred to prison no. 7, 4, 8, 3, 10 and 4. However, the irresistible tendency of his criminal mind did not take hold even inside the high security prison.
Sukesh was jailed in Tihar in 2017 after duping TTV politician Dhinakaran out of Rs 50 crore.
Delhi Police Criminal Branch arrested Sukesh on Dhinakaran’s complaint and he was sent to jail.
What was amazing was that the scammer continued to racketeer from inside the premises of the largest prison complex in South Asia.
He is also accused of extorting Rs 200 crore from the family of former Fortis Healthcare and Ranbaxy Lab promoters Shivinder and Malvinder Singh from inside the prison premises.
But how did he do that? Certainly, there was internal help, but the price of this help was also too high.
A CCTV video of Sukesh’s cell has also gone viral on social media. In the video, he could be seen using a barracks alone, which was to be shared with dozens of other inmates.
Sources said he had access to a cell phone and the area around his bed was covered with curtains to hide stowaways.
CCTV camera activities that were in progress.
The sources added that the mobile phone had a SIM card from a foreign country for which he allegedly gave Rs 60-75 lakh per fortnight as a bribe to prison officials.
This phone was allegedly used for extortion-related calls from inside the prison and also to defraud businessmen detained inside the prison for a crime.
Later, the Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police arrested five senior Tihar officials. However, the means adopted by Sukesh to defraud the former promoters of Fortis Healthcare and Ranbaxy Lab had been extremely “impressive”.
Sukesh, while calling Shivinder’s wife, pretended to be Union legal secretary Anoop Kumar and offered to help her get her husband’s bail.
In August 2020, he used a spoofing app to pretend he was calling from the home of then Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Before disconnecting each call, Sukesh used to say “Jai Hind”.
Not to mention that all of this happened from inside the prison. Using a cell phone inside a prison is a concern, however, it can be solved with the use of apt technology.
The EOW also discovered that on a few occasions guests were also allegedly allowed into his jail cell.
According to the EOW indictment filed in 2021, he paid around Rs 25-30 crore to prison officials and staff in about a year for an uninterrupted lifestyle and necessities.
The prison officials facilitated his luxury, arranged for him to meet high profile prisoners inside the prison premises, including the Chandra brothers, Karti Chidambaram, Moin Quraishi and Ratul Puri among others.
According to the sources, Sukesh sometimes used the “cell-turned-office” of imprisoned Unitech Group owner Sanjay Chandra, who the scammer allegedly got close to.
Notably, the Enforcement Branch, in a petition to the Supreme Court, mentioned that Sukesh repeatedly committed offenses including money laundering while incarcerated by subverting the judicial system and prison rules. using his knowledge of technology and his “ability to defraud people”.
According to the sources, Nikki Tamboli, famous of “Big Boss”, Chahat Khanna, Sophia Singh and Arusha Patil, famous of “Bade Acche Lagte Hai”, met Sukesh in the premises of Tihar and he introduced himself as a producer of the southern film industry.
In October this year, taking a strong stance against the deep-rooted link between criminals and prison authorities, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi (LG) VK Saxena granted approval to the EOW to investigate 82 officials of the Delhi prison department in the context of preventing corruption. (POC) Act of 1988.
Recently, Sukesh in a series of letters to LG also alleged that he met several times with Satyendar Jain, the leader of the AAP who is also in Tihar.
He even claimed that Jain in 2017 came to visit him in jail, during which he even spoke to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on an iPhone provided by the head of the AAP in which the name has was registered as the AK-2.
“After my arrest in 2017 for the two-pronged symbol bribery case, I was incarcerated in Tihar prison and was visited by Satyendar Jain, who held the portfolio of Minister of Prison, repeatedly asking me if I disclosed anything related to my contribution to AAP to the investigative agency that arrested me,” one of the letters Sukesh wrote to LG said.
Sandeep Goel, the prison’s chief executive, was transferred this month after allegations emerged that he helped Sukesh.
In another letter to LG, the scammer also alleged that he paid Rs 12.50 crore to Goel to live a luxurious life in jail.