The troubles of Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain, trapped in the money laundering case, do not seem to be easing. A Delhi court on Friday said the Enforcement Directorate (ED) indictment contained sufficient prima facie evidence against Jain. The indictment alleged that Satyendar Jain and his associates used hawala money to buy farmland in and around the capital.
Special Judge Geetanjali Goel on Friday learned of the indictment filed by the ED against Satyendar Jain, his wife and eight other people, including four companies, in the money laundering case. The court also summoned all of the defendants, including four corporations, who were not in custody and set the case for hearing on August 8. Satyendra Jain was virtually present, while Ankush and Vaibhav Jain were released from custody.
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The court ordered the ED to provide a copy of each of the indictment and other relevant documents to Satyendar Jain, Vaibhav Jain and Ankush Jain. The three accused are currently in custody.
The judge said that by reviewing the documents on file, it can be said that on the face of it there is sufficient evidence regarding the defendant’s involvement. Thus, knowledge is gained of an offense under section 3 of the PMLA punishable under section 4 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002.
Two defendants were granted bail
During the hearing, the judge granted provisional bail to two defendants – Ajit Prasad Jain and Sunil Kumar Jain – until August 8. So far, the two defendants have not been arrested in the case. The next hearing in the case will be on August 8.
The court is expected to hear the regular bail applications of these two defendants on August 8. Other defendants were asked to appear that day.
The court adjourned until August 20 the hearing on Satyendar Jain’s plea for temporary release on medical grounds. The Delhi High Court had ordered the Magistrate’s Court not to consider a medical report filed by Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital until the next court date (August 17) in the High Court.
The ED had initiated an investigation under the Prevention of Money Laundering sections against Satyendar Jain and others based on an FIR registered by the CBI on August 24, 2017. The CBI had alleged that Jain had acquired disproportionate assets between February 14, 2015 and May 31, 2017, during his tenure as a minister in the Delhi government.
ED had filed a charge sheet on July 27
The indictment or complaint was filed in the Prevention of Money Laundering Special Act (PMLA) court here on July 27 and the court has taken cognizance of it, the ED said in a statement. .
In the indictment, ED arrested Satyendar Jain, his wife Poonam Jain and associates Ajit Prasad Jain, Sunil Kumar Jain, Vaibhav Jain and Ankush Jain and Akinchan Developers Pvt. Ltd., Prayas Infosolutions Pvt Ltd, Mangalayatan Developers Pvt Ltd and JJ Ideal Estate Pvt Ltd.
Satyendra Jain was arrested on May 30
Satyendar Jain, 57, a minister without portfolio in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, was arrested by the ED on May 30. Jain was in charge of health, energy and some other departments before the investigative agency took him into custody.
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP National Leader Arvind Kejriwal had defended his minister, saying he was a staunchly honest and patriotic man who was falsely implicated and hoped he would be innocent after the investigation into the ‘ED. The ED had also arrested Vaibhav Jain and Ankush Jain and they are also in custody with the minister.