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Luxury Items Worth $2,778 Seized in Conman Sukesh's Delhi Prison Raid

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Conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar has been in prison since 2017 after being found guilty in an extortion case. He was busted again for operating a million-dollar extortion racket from jail in 2021.
Luxury items such as Gucci shoes worth $1,812 (INR 150,000), designer pants worth $966 (INR 80,000), and some others have been seized from conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar after authorities raided his cell in Delhi's Mandoli Jail.
On Thursday, CCTV footage of the incident went viral on social media, showing Sukesh lying on the floor when the jail authorities, including Tihar Jailor Deepak Sharma, deputy superintendent Jai Singh, and personnel from the central security forces, enter his cell.
Sukesh immediately gets up and stands in front of the authorities as the officials go through his cupboard and belongings. He breaks down in tears as he stands looking at his prized possessions being taken away from him.
Flashback of the Case
In August 2021, a Special Cell team of police busted a million-dollar extortion racket. It was being run from a Delhi jail allegedly by prisoner Sukesh, who was already under trial and had been detained since 2017 over charges of bribing election officials.
The racket was busted after Aditi Singh, wife of former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh, filed a police case against Chandrashekhar and his wife, Leena Maria Paul, on charges of defrauding her of INR 2Bln (more than $26Mln).
Aditi, in her police complaint, said that in June 2020, that Sukesh had pretended to be a top government official. He claimed he was contacting her to secure bail for her jailed husband (Shivinder Mohan Singh) who was arrested in a separate money-laundering case.
Despite being in jail, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said, Sukesh "did not stop conning" people,. The ED seized the mobile phone he had been using to make calls from jail.

"He [with a cellphone procured illegally in the prison] with the help of technology, made spoof calls to dupe people by claiming to be a government officer and offered help to people for a price," the ED told Indian media at the time.

In September 2021, a Special Cell team arrested Sukesh, although he was already in prison, along with his wife Leena Maria Paul and other associates who were allegedly helping him from outside.
"Sukesh [Chandrashekhar] is the mastermind of this fraud. He has been part of the crime world since the age of 17. He has several First Information Reports (FIRs) against him and is presently lodged in Rohini jail [in connection with the Delhi Police case]," the ED said.
An assistant jail superintendent and deputy superintendent of Rohini jail were also found to be involved in the racket and were arrested in this case.
Last year, Bollywood actresses Nora Fatehi and Jacqueline Fernandez were questioned by the ED for allegedly being connected with the high-profile, multi-million money-laundering case run by Sukesh.