Explained: The case against Delhi minister Satyendar Jain and the war of words between AAP and BJP

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal predicted in January that Satyendar Jain would be arrested. On Monday, the CBI detained Delhi’s health minister in a money laundering case

Satyendar Jain, 57, is minister for health, industries, power, housing, urban development and water in the government led by Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi. PTI

A new chapter has been added to the struggle between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the Law Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain in a case ongoing money laundering.

Jain, 57, is Minister of Health, Industries, Electricity, Homes, Urban Development and Water in the government led by Arvind Kejriwal.

Shortly after Jain’s arrest – based on a CBI FIR where he was accused of laundering money through four companies believed to be linked to him – a war of words erupted between the two. parties, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia claiming that Jain was arrested in a ‘fake’ case of eight years as he is the leader of the AAP for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections and the BJP is afraid of losing the polls.

On the other hand, the BJP claimed that the ED collected evidence before arresting Jain and Kejriwal should now take moral responsibility and step down.

As the smear continues, here’s a reminder in the case against Health Minister Satyendar Jain and what’s going on next to the 57-year-old?

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Case against Jain

Jain’s arrest follows an investigation that dates back to 2015-2016; the ED alleged that Satyendar Jain was involved in hawala dealings with a Kolkata-based company.

According to sources speaking to The footprintthe investigation revealed that in 2015-16, when Jain worked in the central public works department, four companies “owned and controlled by him” received “housing entries (a term used for hawala transfers) to the tune of of Rs 4.81 crore from shell companies against money transferred to Kolkata-based entry operators via the hawala route”.

As their investigation continued into the matter, the ED in April provisionally attached real estate properties worth Rs 4.81 crore belonging to five shell companies – Akinchan Developers, Indo Metalimpex, Paryas Infosolutions, Manglayatan Projects Pvt Ltd , Ideal Estate Pvt Ltd – all of which were in the names of Jain’s parents, namely Swati Jain, Sushila Jain and Indu Jain.

Investigating authorities alleged that Jain controlled these companies, either as a director or by owning one-third of the company’s shares. Additionally, they alleged that these companies were shell companies used to park money.

The CBI had also said that before becoming a civil servant, Jain was allegedly involved in laundering Rs 11.78 crore from 2010 to 2012 through these and other companies in New Delhi.

War of words

The arrest sparked a new war between the AAP led by Arvind Kejriwal and the BJP, with the former calling the case a “fake”.

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AAP Minister Sanjay Singh held a press conference shortly after Jain’s arrest, alleging that the BJP had planned a ‘fake’ arrest of Delhi’s health minister since the CBI had already given to Jain a clear note in the matter of eight years.

According to the news agency ANI, Sanjay Singh said: “Satyendar Jain was arrested in a bogus case, an eight-year-old case in which he appeared before ED seven times. CBI had given it a clean shot. BJP could not understand that Jain was made in charge of Himachal Pradesh so they staged this fake arrest.

During the press conference, Singh further spoke about the case against Satyendar Jain, “This case highlights the misuse of investigative agencies…Soon he (Satyendar Jain) will be out because c It’s a baseless case…BJP loses Himachal Pradesh polls.”

In fact, Arvind Kejriwal in January said he had learned that Jain might be arrested by the ED ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections.

“We learned from our sources that Satyendar Jain will be arrested before the elections in Punjab,” he said.

On the other hand, the BJP hailed Jain’s arrest and demanded Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to remove him from his cabinet.

“Central government raided Jain twice before but nothing was found. If ED wants to come back, they are welcome,” Kejriwal had said, according to ANI.

Delhi BJP leader Adesh Gupta said his party had raised the issue of “corruption” by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and its leaders in the past.

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“Kejriwal has always been silent on the corruption charges against his party leaders. Jain’s ED arrest came days after an AAP minister was arrested and sacked in Punjab, people want Kejriwal to talk about it,” Gupta said.

The AAP organizer always talks honesty, but now people want to know when he will remove Jain from his cabinet, Gupta said.

North East Delhi MP and former Delhi BJP Chairman Manoj Tiwari claimed that the ED collected evidence before arresting Jain and that Kejriwal should now take moral responsibility and resign.

“All AAP leaders are defending Jain after his arrest, but Kejriwal himself should step down taking responsibility for Jain’s actions,” Tiwari said.

What future for Satyendar Jain?

As the BJP and AAP continue their war of words, Jain will now be produced outside Rouse Avenue Court at 2pm.

India Today reported that ED will have to justify Jain’s arrest as he was arrested when he went to ED’s office for questioning.

With contributions from agencies

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