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The Supreme Court sought a report from the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding Tihar Jail, said – the condition of the jail is pathetic, killings are happening

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Commenting on the current situation in Tihar Jail, the Supreme Court has described the situation as pathetic. The Supreme Court said that Tihar Jail has become a haven for criminals and there, murders are taking place. The Supreme Court directed the Home Ministry to take immediate steps on prison reforms. The Supreme Court expressed displeasure over the attitude of the Ministry of Home Affairs for not filing the action plan and report on the steps taken on the suggestions given by Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana.

Delhi Police told the Supreme Court that it has registered an FIR against 37 people under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in connection with collusion with jailed former promoters of real estate company Unitech, Sanjay and Ajay Chandra. is of. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) recently made a shocking disclosure. There was talk of a ‘secret underground office’ being run by Unitech founder Ramesh Chandra and visited by his sons Sanjay and Ajay on parole or bail.

Both Sanjay and Ajay, who have been in jail since August 2017, are accused of misappropriating the money of the flat buyers. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah said that Asthana’s report has recommended installation of CCTV cameras, mobile jammers, body scanners and other security measures in Tihar Jail, but on compliance of its October 6 order No report has been placed before the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Supreme Court Tihar Jail has become a haven for criminals

The bench said, “The condition of Tihar Jail is pathetic. We have read in the newspapers two-three days ago that murder is taking place in jail. It has become a haven for criminals. On the suggestions given by Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana, the concerned Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs will have to file an action plan and a report within three weeks regarding the steps taken so far. “Immediately and expeditiously”. Take action and file a report. No action plan has been submitted on the steps taken so far and no status report has been given by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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At the beginning of the hearing, Additional Solicitor General KM Natraj, appearing for Delhi Police, told the Supreme Court that he has filed an FIR under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and IPC on charges of collusion and carrying out unauthorized activities from jail. In which 32 jail officials, along with the Chandra brothers, an associate and two of their employees are also included. He said the investigation is still on and he will file a report in this regard on the next date of hearing.

‘Don’t wait for something to happen in the future’

Natraj said Asthana’s report has been sent to the home ministry as per the court’s direction and it is under consideration before the ministry. The bench said, ‘What is the meaning of sub-judice? The report suggests that some urgent reforms are necessary. There is a need to install body scanners and jammers to ensure that there is no unauthorized use of mobile phones. You should not wait for something to happen in future. The bench said it would also seek a report from the Delhi government on the suspension of jail officials facing the case on charges of collusion.

Court also sought report from Enforcement Directorate

The Supreme Court also perused the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) report on Unitech and the former promoters’ cases and said the agency should continue its investigation and file a status report within three weeks. Besides this, the bench also sought a report from the Enforcement Directorate, which is probing money laundering charges against the Chandra brothers. The top court had on October 6 directed suspension of the Tihar Jail officials, registration of a case against them and a thorough probe into their complicity with the Chandra brothers, based on Asthana’s report.

Earlier also the court had directed the action

According to the report, the Supreme Court had directed registration of cases against the officials of Tihar Jail and other unidentified persons under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and IPC against those involved in collusion. The top court had on August 26 directed the transfer of the Chandra brothers from Tihar Jail in the national capital to Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai and Taloja Jail in Maharashtra. The Supreme Court had directed the Delhi Police Commissioner to personally inquire into the conduct of the Tihar Jail staff with respect to the Chandra brothers and submit a report to the court within four weeks. The Economic Offenses Wing of the ED and Delhi Police is also probing the Unitech group’s affairs and business transactions of former promoters of the real estate company.

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