The Hindu (Mumbai)

MHA gives nod for CBI probe against Satyendar Jain in Sukesh’s extortion complaint

- Press Trust of India

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given approval for a Central Bureau of Investigat­ion (CBI) probe against Delhi’s former Prisons Minister Satyendar Jain in a matter under the Prevention of Corruption Act, official sources said on Friday.

Mr. Jain, who is behind bars in connection with a money laundering case, was accused of extorting ₹10 crore from an inmate, Sukesh Chandrashe­khar, for providing him protection in the jail, they said.

Highprofil­e inmates

Apart from Mr. Jain, former Director General of Tihar prisons Sandeep Goel and some other staff members were also charged with demanding and extorting “protection money” from highprofil­e inmates in Delhi jails.

The Ministry on March 22 approved the CBI probe against Jain after which Delhi Lieutenant­Governor V.K. Saxena forwarded the file to the Chief Secretary for further appropriat­e action, an official confirmed.

A complaint was filed by Chandrashe­khar after which the CBI had begun inquiring into the matter and sought sanction from the competent authority to prosecute the former minister under the Prevention of Corruption Act, he said.

Chandrashe­khar, lodged in Tihar jail in a money laundering case, alleged in his complaint that “Jain had extorted ₹10 crore from him in tranches during 201821, either personally or through his accomplice­s, as protection money so as to help him ‘live peacefully and comfortabl­y’ in different jails of Delhi.”

He had also alleged that some jail officials had allegedly extorted ₹12.50 crore from him in instalment­s during 201922.

Chandrashe­khar had alleged that Jain had extorted ₹10 crore from him during 201821 as ‘protection money’

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