'Fake Case, Politically Motivated': Arvind Kejriwal Defends Satyendar Jain After Arrest

Reacting sharply to Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain's arrest, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the minister has been arrested in a "fake case".

By Subhasish Dutta
Tue, 31 May 2022 12:55 PM IST
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'Fake Case, Politically Motivated': Arvind Kejriwal Defends Satyendar Jain After Arrest
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New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that the case against Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain is "completely fake and politically motivated".

Jain was on Monday (May 30) arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in an alleged money laundering case.

"I have personally studied this (Satyendar Jain's arrest by ED) case, it is completely fraud. We neither tolerate corruption nor we do corruption. We have a very honest govt. He has been targeted because of political reasons," Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal further said he was confident that Jain will come out clean.

"We have faith in the judiciary. Jain is following the path of truth and he will come out clean," he said.

Jain was taken into custody under criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after a few hours of questioning, ED officials said.

They alleged he was "evasive" in his replies. The minister is expected to be produced before a designated court on Tuesday.

The arrest has been made by the federal agency in connection with alleged hawala dealings. Last month, the ED had said that assets worth Rs 4.81 crore of Jain's family and companies "beneficially owned and controlled" by him were provisionally attached as part of a money-laundering probe against him.

In a statement issued then, the ED had said it issued a provisional order under the PMLA to "attach immovable properties worth Rs 4.81 crore belonging to Akinchan Developers Pvt. Ltd.; Indo Metal Impex Pvt Ltd; Paryas Infosolutions Pvt. Ltd.; Manglayatan Projects Pvt. Ltd.; J.J. Ideal Estate Pvt. Ltd.; Swati Jain, wife of Vaibhav Jain; Sushila Jain, wife of Ajit Prasad Jain; and Indu Jain, wife of Sunil Jain."

The probe found that "during the period 2015-16, when Satyendar Kumar Jain was a public servant, the companies beneficially owned and controlled by him received accommodation entries to the tune of Rs 4.81 crore from shell (paper) companies against cash transferred to Kolkata-based entry operators through the hawala route."

"These amounts were utilised for direct purchase of land or for repayment of loan taken for the purchase of agricultural land in and around Delhi," the ED said.

The persons named in the attachment order are associates and family members of Jain, the officials said.

The money laundering case against the Delhi minister originates from an August 2017 FIR filed by the CBI against him and others on charges of alleged possession of disproportionate assets (DA).

A charge sheet was filed by the CBI in December 2018 stating that the alleged DA was to the tune of Rs 1.47 crore, about 217 per cent more than his known sources of income, during 2015-17.

The Income Tax Department had also probed these transactions and issued an order attaching "benami assets" allegedly linked to Jain.

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