No closure report filed against AAP’s Satyendar Jain: CBI
31 May, 2022 | Pragati Singh
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday denied rumours that it has submitted a closure report in the Disproportionate Assets (DA) case against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s cabinet ...
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday denied rumours that it has submitted a closure report in the Disproportionate Assets (DA) case against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s cabinet minister Satyendar Jain.
“No closure report has been filed against Satyendar Jain,” a CBI official told ANI. The CBI had registered a DA case against Satyendar Jain on August 24, 2017, and filed a charge sheet against him on December 3, 2018, the agency official told ANI.
After receiving a complaint from the Delhi government’s Vigilance Department, the CBI was the first to open a preliminary inquiry (PE) in 2017. Following that, a FIR was filed based on the findings, and searches and raids were carried out.
During its probe, the CBI discovered “professional recruiting in a ‘Creative Team’ in the Department of PWD in 2016.”
“According to the complaint, it was informed through advertisements that these professionals would be paid between around Rs 25,000 to Rs 1,00,000 as per the ‘trending market rate’,” the agency said.
Satyendar Jain, the Delhi Health and Home Minister, was detained on Monday in connection with an alleged hawala transaction involving a Kolkata-based business.
Jain is said to have formed or purchased a number of shell firms in Delhi. He is also accused of laundering Rs 16.39 crore through 54 shell firms controlled by three Kolkata-based hawala operators. Jain is accused of owning a huge number of shares in the Prayas, Indo, and Akinchan firms.
According to sources, after joining Kejriwal’s cabinet as a Minister, all of his holdings were transferred to his wife in 2015.
These corporations used to send cash payments to their Kolkata equivalents, who would then “route back the money” to Jain via legal ways under the guise of buying shares. Between 2010 and 2014, the firms are said to have laundered Rs 16.39 crores to Satyendra Jain.
Arvind Kejriwal described the case as “completely fraud,” but expressed confidence in the court.
“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 government. He has been targeted because of political reasons. We have faith in our judiciary,” Kejriwal said.