The Enforcement Directorate(ED) arrested Delhi government minister Satyendra Jain on Monday in connection to the Hawala transactions related to a Kolkatta – based companies. Satyender Jain is the Aam Aadmi Party member holding the post of Health, Home, Power, and PWD minister. The officials said Jain has been accused of allegedly receiving money from shell companies instead of the cash transferred via “hawala”, a term used for the transfer of cash other than formal legal means and is often used laundering money.
The ED case of money laundering against the AAP minister stems from the August 2017 first information report (FIR) by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against him and others on charges of alleged possession of disproportionate assets. The ED action comes over a month after the agency issued a provisional attachment order under the PMLA to seize assets linked to Jain and his family members, worth around Rs 4.81 crore.
Incidentally, Jain, who is the party in charge of the upcoming Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, has been arrested just a day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Himalayan state on Tuesday. The CBI in its FIR has claimed that Jain purchased 200 bighas of agricultural land in the names of companies controlled by him in Delhi in five years preceding 2018 and “laundered black money” to the tune of several crores of rupees.
It had alleged that Jain controlled these companies in the past either in the form of being one of the directors or by holding one-third of shares of these companies in his name or the names of his family members or others. Jain, 57, is the minister for power, home, PWD, industries, urban development, flood, irrigation, and water in the Delhi government, apart from heading the crucial health ministry.
Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia alleged vendetta politics and said Jain has been arrested in an eight-year-old “fake” case. “A fake case has been going on against Satyendar Jain for eight years. He has been called by the ED several times so far. The ED had stopped calling him for some time because it did not find anything against him. Now it has again started because he is the in-charge of Himachal Pradesh elections,” Sisodia said in a tweet in Hindi.
सत्येंद्र जैन के ख़िलाफ़ 8 साल से एक फ़र्ज़ी केस चलाया जा रहा है. अभी तक कई बार ED बुला चुकी है। बीच में कई साल ED ने बुलाना भी बंद कर दिया था क्योंकि उन्हें कुछ मिला ही नहीं। अब फिर शुरू कर दिया क्योंकि सत्येंद्र जैन हिमाचल के इलेक्शन इंचार्ज हैं।1/2— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) May 30, 2022