Satyendar Jain withdraws contempt plea against ED

28 November, 2022 | Vaishali Sharma

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Satyender Jain, an imprisoned Delhi minister, abandoned his contempt petition against the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday in connection with the release of his Tihar CCTV footage. Jain filed...

Satyender Jain, an imprisoned Delhi minister, abandoned his contempt petition against the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday in connection with the release of his Tihar CCTV footage.

Jain filed the petition against the ED, saying that the agency released the CCTV recordings notwithstanding the promise granted in court. On Monday, Jain’s lawyers, Rishikesh Kumar and Mohd Irshad, informed the special court that the minister wants to withdraw the contempt petition.

After taking notice of the comments, Special Judge Vikas Dhull permitted the plea to be withdrawn. The same court set Tuesday as the day for a hearing on Satyender Jain’s other appeal about his medical care at Tihar.

Jain recently filed a motion in court seeking contempt against the ED, saying that the ED released the CCTV video notwithstanding the assurance granted in court.

A CCTV footage of Jain receiving a body massage at Tihar Jail has surfaced on social media.

According to the alleged CCTV footage from September 13, the minister is lying on his bed reading papers while a man sitting next to him massages his foot.

Another video, shared on Twitter by BJP national spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla, shows a man massaging the Delhi minister’s legs and back before giving him a full head massage.

The videos surfaced on social media on Saturday, around 10 days after the ED accused minister Jain, who was arrested in a money laundering case, of getting special treatment inside the Tihar jail.

“Unknown persons gave massages and foot massages to Jain, even beyond curfew hours. He was given special food,” the ED had said in the court. Soon after this, the Superintendent of Delhi’s Tihar jail, Ajit Kumar, was also suspended for the alleged VIP treatment of jailed Delhi minister.

Jain has been in jail since June in connection with a money laundering case, and a Delhi court also denied his bail application.

The same court on Saturday dismissed the plea moved by Jain for special food as per his religious beliefs. The court while passed the order stated that, Tihar records prima facie shows that its officials of jail, were providing preferential treatment to Satyneder Jain by providing fruits and vegetables, being Minister of Government of Delhi, in violation of DPR 2018.