A day after Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain was arrested by the Law Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case, CM Arvind Kejriwal called the case against Jain “ false” and “politically motivated”, reported the PTI news agency.
He further added that we have confidence in the judicial system; Jain follows the path of truth and he will come out clean.
Satyendar Jain was taken into custody on Monday under the criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after a few hours of questioning on Monday, ED officials said.
The minister is expected to appear in a designated court on Tuesday.
Jain (57) is Minister of Health, Industries, Electricity, Homes, Urban Development and Water in the government led by Arvind Kejriwal.
Reacting strongly to the arrest, Delhi’s deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia, said Jain was arrested in a ‘fake’ eight-year-old case as he is the AAP’s election chief. Assembly of Himachal Pradesh and the BJP are afraid of losing the polls.
“A bogus case has been going on against Satyendar Jain for eight years. He has been called by ED many times till now. ED had stopped calling him for some time as they found nothing against him. Now it started again because he is the head of elections in Himachal Pradesh,” Sisodia tweeted on Monday.
“The BJP is afraid of losing the elections and so he was arrested to prevent him from going to Himachal. He will be released soon as he was arrested in a bogus case,” Sisodia added.
In February, the Delhi Chief Minister said he learned from sources that the ED was going to arrest Jain just before the Punjab Assembly elections and accused the Center of targeting the AAP after realizing that the BJP would ‘lose’ the polls.