Court allows ED petition seeking transfer of S. Jain money-laundering case

New Delhi: On Friday, the Principal District and Sessions Court of Rouse Avenue Courts granted the Enforcement Directorate's appeal, which sought that a money laundering case involving Aam Aadmi Party MLA Satyendar Jain be transferred.

Vinay Kumar Gupta, the principal district and sessions judge, agreed to transfer the Satyender Jain money laundering case to another judge on Friday and relisted the case for hearing today. Vikas Dhull, a Special Judge, has been assigned to the case at this time.

Prior to that, Special Judge Geetanjali Goel gave it a thorough hearing.

ASG SV Raju claimed that false medical records were used in an attempt to obtain medical bail on Thursday during the ED's arguments. The court made no decisions. As a Minister, he has also been in charge of the Delhi Prisons and is able to wield influence, power, and wealth.

NOtably, Satyendar Jain was also the jail minister. He spent most of his time in the hospital while under judicial custody, and the medical report provided was false. We provided the court with all relevant documentation, but nothing was done" ASG Raju said.

Senior Attorney Kapil Sibal testified on behalf of Jain, saying that he was taken to LNJP Hospital and that no infraction was reported in accordance with the jail manual. It was okay when the same judge gave Satyendar Jain remand.
The ED's request that the matter be transferred to another clearly displays a false claim. The ground covered by the ED is entirely ambiguous. 

After the ED petitioned for the case to be transferred and notice was given to all the defendants, the district judge's court previously stopped Satyendar Jain's trial.

Long-winded arguments on the bail requests of Satyendar Jain and the other two co-accused parties in the case, Ankush Jain and Vaibhav Jain, were being heard by the court at the time. The accused's bail hearing had reached its conclusion. Currently, all three people are being held in judicial custody.

In his submission, Senior Attorney N Hariharan, representing Satyendar Jain, expressed his anger with Special Judge Geetanjali Goel "Really, it's unfair. Completely inappropriate. They are acting in advance. We'll fight against it tenaciously."

Based on a CBI FIR filed against the AAP politician in 2017 under the Prevention of Corruption Act, whereby he was accused of having laundered money through four firms purportedly connected to him, the ED has detained Satyendar Jain and two other individuals in a money laundering case.

In connection with the Excise policy case, the ED questioned Jain on September 16 inside the jail.  The plea filed by the ED to question Satyendar Jain in the excise policy case was approved by Special Judge Geetanjali Goel.
In connection with the money laundering case, the court recently took cognizance of the Prosecution Complaint (Chargesheet) submitted by the ED against Satyendar Jain, his wife, and eight other people, including four businesses.

On June 6, the ED announced that during a day-long raid at several locations throughout Delhi and the National Capital Region, it had arrested Satyendra Jain's assistants and confiscated Rs 2.85 crore in cash and 133 gold coins totaling 1.80 kg (NCR). The FBI also confiscated a number of digital data and incriminating documents during these raids.

Satyendar Jain, Poonam Jain, Ajit Prasad Jain, Sunil Kumar Jain, Vaibhav Jain, and Ankush Jain were the subjects of a First Information Report filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on August 24, 2017, as per Section 13(2) r/w 13(1)(e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

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