Home Ministry puts former Tihar DG Sandeep Goel under suspension

Goel has been accused of according undue favours to jailed Delhi minister Satyendar Jain. He is also accused of getting protection money from conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar.

NEW DELHI | Updated: 22 December, 2022 5:03 pm IST
Former Tihar DG Sandeep Goel (R) has been suspended for ‘dereliction’ of duty during his tenure

Controversial former Tihar Director General Sandeep Goel has been put under suspension with immediate effect by the Union Home ministry.

Goel has been accused of according undue favours to jailed Delhi minister Satyendar Jain. He is also accused of getting protection money from jailed conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar.

Following an inquiry, 1989 batch IPS officer, Goel, who served Tihar for two years, was transferred to Delhi Police Headquarters on November 4.

As per the order by the Union Home Ministry, Goel has been suspended for ‘dereliction’ of duty during his tenure. Though, no specific reason for his suspension has been cited in the order.

It is further ordered that “during the period for which this order shall remain in force, the headquarters of Sandeep Goel shall be Delhi and Sandeep Goel shall not leave the headquarters without obtaining the prior permission of the Competent Authority” the order reads.

It is also ordered that Goel, IPS (AGMUT:1989), during the period of his suspension would be entitled to a subsistence allowance at an amount equal to the leave salary which a member of the Service would have drawn if he had been on leave on half-average pay or on half pay and in addition, dearness allowance, if admissible on the basis of such leave salary, under 4(1)(a), subject to the furnishing of a certificate to the effect that he has not been employed in any business, profession or vocation for a profit/remuneration/salary, said in the order.

Sukesh Chandrashekhar, who is lodged in Tihar jail in connection with a case of money laundering of ₹200 crores, had alleged that he had made payments to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to the tune of ₹50 crores as he was promised an important position in the party in south India. Chandrashekhar also alleged that he was forced to pay ₹10 crores as protection money to Jain by Goel.

Following his allegations, which he made in the month of October, Delhi LG VK Saxena forwarded his complaint letter to Delhi Chief secretary Naresh Kumar to conduct an inquiry.

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