Special CBI court refuses to extend judicial custody of Delhi minister Satyendar Jain: Report
A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Monday extended the judicial custody of Delhi minister Satyendar Jain in the case related to alleged money laundering through Kolkata-based shell companies, news agency PTI reported.
Special Judge Geetanjli Goel passed the order on a plea moved by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) seeking extension of Jain's custody after the AAP leader, who is hospitalised, appeared through a video conference.
Earlier in the day, the special court had refused to enterain the plea noting that neither Jain nor any lawyer representing him was present in the court during the proceedings.
On June 20, the 57-year-old leader was admitted to Delhi's LNJP hospital after he complained of a low oxygen level, two days after was denied bail by a Delhi court in the money laundering case.
The CBI court has now asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to produce him through video conferencing, ANI further reported.
The money laundering case is based on a 2017 CBI first information report (FIR) lodged against Satyendar Jain.
He was arrested by the ED on May 30 and was sent to judicial custody for 14 days. He has been charged under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Jain has been accused by the central agency of allegedly having laundered money through four companies linked to him, where he was holding shares while amassing disproportionate income.
In April, the ED had attached assets worth ₹4.81 crore of Jain's family and companies "beneficially owned and controlled" by him as part of the probe.
The ruling AAP government in Delhi has strongly criticised the action taken against Jain with chief minister Arvind Kejriwal saying that his health minister is a patriot and he was being framed in a false case.
Nationalist Congress Party leaders Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik and Sena leader Sanjay Raut, who have been arrested in money laundering cases by the Enforcement Directorate, are now lodged in Arthur Road Jail in three different barracks. Malik, who was arrested in February in a money laundering case, is currently admitted to the Criti Care Hospital in Kurla for treatment. He is admitted to a private hospital for the last two months.
The Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday terminated four employees from service, including the son of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and wife of former militant Bitta Karate - amid probe over terror links, officials said on Saturday. Dr Muheet Ahmad Bhat, and Majid Hussain Qadiri - both of them linked to the University of Kashmir - are the two others employees who have been sacked.
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IAS officer Shah Faesal who had resigned from his job and reinstated in April has been posted as deputy secretary in the Union Ministry of Tourism. He was detained at the Delhi airport on August 4, 2019, a day before Parliament pushed through constitutional changes, revoking Article 370 and 35A that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcating the erstwhile state into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh.