Sukesh Chandrashekhar case: Former Tihar Jail DG suspended for dereliction of duty
Sandeep Goel, a senior IPS officer, and former director general of Tihar Jail, was suspended by the Union Home Ministry on Thursday for suspected negligence. The move came after alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar claimed that he paid Rs 12.5 crore to the officer as protection money for his safety in Mandoli Jail.
Chandrashekhar, who is facing several cases of corruption under the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Money Laundering Act, had written to the Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena dated October 7 alleging that he had paid more than Rs 50 crore to the city’s ruling AAP for an important post in the party and another Rs 10 crore to jailed minister Satyender Jain as protection money. He was arrested in connection with a money laundering case worth Rs 200 crore.
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Chandrashekhar also alleged that in 2019, Jain, his secretary and close friend Sushil met him in prison and asked him to pay Rs 2 crore every month as protection money to live safely in the jail and have access to basic facilities.
He alleged that Jain forced him to pay Rs 10 crore within two to three months. Not only this, but he also claimed that he had paid Rs 1.5 crore to Goel, whom he said was a loyal associate of the minister. The conman also claimed that he had known the AAP leader since 2015.
Goel, a 1989-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, was removed as the head of Delhi’s Tihar Prisons last month and attached to the Delhi Police headquarters. According to a ministry official, Goel has been suspended by the home minister for dereliction of duties during his tenure as DG of Tihar.
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