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Delhi Prisons Department suspends officials for being complicit with Unitech’s jailed ex-advertisers

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Alka Verma –

Published On: October 14, 2021 at 12:37 IST

The Department of Delhi Prisons has officially suspended 28 prison authorities for being complicit with Unitech’s jailed ex-promoters Ajay Chandra and Sanjay Chandra.

As mentioned by a senior jail official, 28 officials of number 7 Tihar Jail have been suspended.

Also, the services of two employees, who were employed on contractual basis are being terminated.

Adding to this, two more officials will be suspended by the Delhi government, stated the officer.

Moreover, on Tuesday, the Crime Branch of Delhi Police registered a case against 32 authorities of Tihar Jail after they were found to be complicit with the jailed promoters.

Chinmoy Biswal, the PRO of Delhi Police expressed that the FIR has been enlisted under applicable areas of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code, and probe has been taken up.

On October 6, the Supreme Court of India ordered the suspension of the prison authorities.

Also, the Apex Court ordered to register the case against them and directed a full-fledged investigation into their collusion with Sanjay and Ajay Chandra.

A Bench comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and M.R. Shah had ordered registration of cases should be strictly done under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal Code against those involved in the collusion.

The Top Court also ordered that the officials who have been Prima Facie found involved in the matter should be placed under suspension.

It should be noted that the Supreme Court order came after observing Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana’s report.

Accordingly, the Court had also directed the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to react to the suggestions which were contained in the report put together by Mr. Asthana.

Meanwhile, the Court additionally expressed that the reports of the Enforcement Directorate about the activities of Sanjay and Ajay and the intrigue of Tihar Jail staff in ridiculing orders and sabotaging the locale of the Court have raised a few “serious and disturbing” issues

Currently, the former Unitech promoters had been shifted from the Tihar Jail here to Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail and Taloja Central Jail, following a Supreme Court order.