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Aanchal Agarwal-

Published on August 26, 2021, at 17:48 IST

The Supreme Court today has pulled up the Tihar Jail authorities for acting in connivance with the Chandra brothers.

They were involved in illegal activities by flouting the jail manual, dissipating proceedings, misleading investigation etc., in the Unitech Money Laundering Case.

The Bench comprising Justices D. Y. Chandrachud and M. R. Shah shifted both the brothers from Tihar Jail to Authur Road Jail and Taloja Jail separately.

The Court questioned the Commissioner of Delhi Police as to why no action had been taken by him for the past 10 days even after the ED has made certain allegations against the Jail staff to him.

The Bench in its Order directed the Commissioner to personally conduct the inquiry and submit a report to the Court within 4 weeks.

The Bench also recalled its previous Order dated 9th May 2019, in which the Court had taken into account all the additional facilities which were made available to the Chandra brothers apart from the facilities which are available in normal course in the Tihar Jail.

So the Court had previously directed that no additional benefits must be made available to them.

The Bench further observed the 2 reports submitted by the Enforcement Directorate dated 5th April 2021 and 16th August 2021.

The report submitted by ED clearly mentioned the manner in which the Tihar Jail premises were used in derailing the investigation, influencing the witnesses and dissipating the proceedings.

The Court also added that the video conferencing facility at both the Jails to which the brothers are to be transferred shall be made available to them to participate in court proceedings whenever they are required.

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