Supreme Court orders shifting alleged Conman Sukesh Chandrashekar to Mandoli Jail

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Sukesh Chandrashekar has 34 criminal cases pending against him, most of which have trials pending against him. He is reported to have carried out a 215 crore money heist while in prison by duping Ranbaxy’s Shivinder Mohan Singh.

The Supreme Court today ordered the shifting of alleged Conman Sukesh Chandrashekar to Mandoli Jail from Tihar Jail.

Court was hearing a plea filed by Chandrasekhar facing trial in a money laundering case that sought his shifting out of Tihar jail alleging a threat to his life.

A division bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Sudhanshu Dhulia directed that Chandrashekar should be shifted within a week. Court further clarified that the order also applies to his wife Leena Paulose.

Today, when the court took up the matter, ASG SV Raju informed the bench that Chandrashekar is seeking to be shifted out of Tihar Jail for oblique purposes.

At this juncture, Court questioned the ASG if the officials, who were helping Chandrashekar from the Jail, were transferred.

"Yes, now the accused is unable to carry on his racket from inside the jail", answered ASG Raju.

Senior Advocate R Basant, appearing on behalf of Chandrasekhar, told the court that his client was being extorted in Jail.

To this, Court said, "If your client is able to pay so much money as bribe, your client can thrive in jail".

On June 23, ASG Raju had submitted before the Supreme Court that Chandrashekar can be shifted to Mandoli Jail in Delhi as it was secure being guarded by central paramilitary forces.

On June 17, 2022 the Supreme Court, had recorded that it would be appropriate to shift Chandrashekar from Tihar Jail.  

Earlier, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had informed the Supreme Court that Chandrashekar impersonated Law Secretary and Home Secretary to call the judges. He had further informed the court that models visited Chandrashekar in jail with the help of authorities, however, action had been taken against them.

Chandrashekar is currently undertrial for allegations by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and it has seized a luxurious sea-facing bungalow in Chennai, Rs 82.5 lakh cash, and over a dozen luxury cars in connection with a money laundering case against him.