New Delhi: According to an official announcement, almost half a dozen portfolios assigned to Delhi minister Satyendar Jain, who is currently in the custody of the Enforcement Directorate, have been handed over to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.
On Monday, the ED arrested Jain in a money laundering case. A court here on Tuesday ordered Jain to be held in ED custody till June 9, citing the need for his interrogation to uncover the alleged larger conspiracy. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal should sack Jain from his Cabinet, according to the opposition BJP and Congress.
"In exercise of powers conferred under Rule 3 of GNCTD(Allocation of Business) Rules 193, Lt Governor in consultation with the Chief Minister is pleased to allocate portfolios of Health, Industries, Power, Home, Urban Development, Irrigation and Flood Control, and Water to Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, in addition to the portfolios he currently holds," said the notification issued by the General Administration department of the Delhi government on Wednesday. During a press conference on Thursday, Kejriwal claimed that he had been told by a reliable source that Sisodia may be detained by a central agency in the coming days in any "bogus" case.
Many important projects, such as the Mohalla Clinics and the cleanup of the Yamuna River, may be delayed as a result of Jain's detention, according to the chief minister.