The Delhi High Court on Monday said, Custodial violence will not be tolerated, and subsequently directed Tihar Jail authorities to make sure that Sukesh Chandrashekar, the accused in the Election Commission bribery case is not subjected to brutality in custody.
Chandrashekhar was arrested in relation with the Election Commission bribery case involving AIADMK (Amma) faction leader T T V Dhinakaran.
A notice was cased to the AAP government and the DG Prison of Tihar Jail by Justice Ashutosh Kumar asking them to file a status report on a plea alleging that Mr Chandrasekhar was strip-searched by jail officials while he was lodged in a high-risk ward.
In addition to this the court further questioned from jail authorities why the accused was sustained in a high-risk cell despite the knowledge of the fact that the same was meant for dangerous criminals.
The court added : “You (Tihar) need to justify to this court that why the person was kept in such a cell. We require all details, mere status report denying the allegation will not work.
“Grave averments has been raised of custodial violence which cannot be tolerated at all,” the court said and listed the matter for hearing on August 22.
Dhinakaran and Chandrashekar, who was arrested on April 16, had conspired to bribe the Election Commission (EC) officials and latterly Delhi Police has filed an charge sheet against them.
Chandrashekar was taken into custody for allegedly taking money from Dhinakaran to bribe ECI officials to get the AIADMK’s ’two leaves’ symbol for the Sasikala faction.
In accordance with the police, they had ostensibly recovered cash worth ₹ 1.3 crore from him at the time of the raid at a hotel in Chanakyapuri area of South Delhi.