Jail ‘extortion’: CBI seeks sanction to file FIR against Satyendar Jain, ex-DG prisons | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought government approval to initiate an FIR against former Delhi jail minister Satyendar Jain and former director general of prisons Sandeep Goel.
The allegations involve the extortion of large sums of money from high-profile prisoners, including Sukesh Chandrashekhar, in exchange for providing a comfortable life in jail, according to officials.
The request for sanction against Jain and jail officer Raj Kumar has been submitted to the office of Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena. Simultaneously, the CBI has approached the Union Home Ministry for suspended IPS officer Goel and retired IAS officer Mukesh Prasad.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has criticized the move, calling it a “mockery of law” and denying any association or financial transactions between Jain and Sukesh Chandrasekhar.
Goel, a 1989-batch IPS officer, faced suspension by the Home Ministry last year amid allegations of extortion. The CBI claims to have “source information” indicating that Jain, Goel, Prasad, and Kumar were involved in extorting crores of rupees from various high-profile prisoners to ensure their comfortable living conditions in prison.
The agency requires government sanction before filing an FIR or a case against a public servant under Section 17A of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The CBI alleges a “high-level corruption and extortion racket” operating in Delhi jails, orchestrated by Goel, Prasad, and their associates.
According to the CBI, Jain allegedly received Rs 10 crore from Chandrashekhar between 2018-21 as protection money, enabling the inmate to live peacefully in jail. Goel and Prasad are accused of extorting Rs 12.50 crore from Chandrashekhar between 2019-22 for the same purpose. The agency claims that this extortion was also carried out on other high-profile prisoners for their safety and comfort in jail.
Raj Kumar, the former jail superintendent, is accused of being a close associate of Goel and aiding in extorting money from Chandrashekhar. The CBI alleges that Jain, Goel, Prasad, and Kumar misused their official positions as public servants, providing undue favor and advantage to high-profile inmates in Delhi jails in exchange for valuable considerations.
(With agency inputs)


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