“Arrest my children too,” said the lawyer representing Sanjay Chandra, the former owner of real estate giant, Unitech, in the Supreme Court, prompting a strong reaction from the two judges hearing the case today. “Listen, Mr. Singh!” Warned Justice DY Chandrachud, repeating himself thrice, urging advocate Vikas Singh to change course, after taking off his mask.
When that didn’t work, the judge said, “Don’t raise your voice. Listen to us.”
Sanjay Chandra was arrested in 2017 along with his brother Ajay for duping lakhs of people who had never built houses. The Chandra family is now facing charges ranging from money laundering to embezzlement. On Monday, Sanjay Chandra’s wife Preeti was arrested along with her 80-year-old father Ramesh Chandra.
Vikas Singh, complaining on behalf of his client, said, “You have arrested my father, my wife, my children have also been arrested. Put all of us behind bars.”
Vikas Singh said the court should share the documents that his client reveals like the forensic audit report prepared by Grant Thornton on Unitech’s finances so that Chandra can refute the allegations. They said they are legally entitled to access this content. “I don’t want your lord to regret later that you didn’t act in time. I am sure the court has nothing personal against Chandras,” the lawyer said.
“Before you make allegations against the court… What is this language? It is not a way of arguing – it is a way of saying ‘you will repent later’,” Justice Chandrachud replied.
The Enforcement Directorate had told the court that the Chandra brothers were moved from Delhi’s Tihar Jail to different jails in Mumbai five weeks ago that they had colluded with jail authorities, who enabled them to carry on their business from inside the jail. Make. The agency also said that Chandras had created an “underground” or “secret” office where he hid information related to the investigation against him.
Today, on the orders of the Supreme Court, a group of Tihar officials were suspended for illegally helping the Chandras.
In 2017, the government was allowed to take over management control of Unitech, a rare intervention that the government said would help those who paid the company for homes that were never given to them.