CBI at Delhi minister Satyendar Jain’s house, questions his wife in money laundering case
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CBI at Delhi minister Satyendar Jain’s house, questions his wife in money laundering case

A CBI team reached Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain’s house on Monday. According to reports, the CBI team was there to question Jain’s wife in an alleged money laundering case.

delhi Updated: Jun 20, 2017 00:21 IST
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According to PTI, the team had gone to seek clarifications from the minister’s wife in connection with an ongoing inquiry into allegations of money laundering.(Ravi Choudhary /HT Photo)

A team of Central Bureau of Investigation officials questioned Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain’s wife for six hours on Monday in connection with a money laundering case.

CBI spokesperson RK Gaur confirmed it and added that the examination of Jain’s wife was being done to seek clarifications in connection to a preliminary enquiry (PE).

The matter was referred to the CBI by income tax department under the new Benami Transactions Prohibitions Act, a law brought in to fight black money.

This came a few days after a CBI team had visited deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia at his house to record his statement in its preliminary enquiry into the ‘Talk to AK’ programme.

“It is alleged that Jain was involved in money laundering to the tune of Rs 4.63 crore, when he was a public servant during 2015-16, through Prayas Info Solutions Private Limited, Akinchan Developers Private Limited and Managalyatan Projects Private Limited,” the CBI said.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), meanwhile, accused the central government of “vendetta politics”. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia alleged that the central agencies raiding AAP’s offices is nothing but “a ploy to divert attention from the Vyapam scam, Panama papers and alleged irregularities in the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA)”.

In June, the CBI had questioned Jain with regard to a preliminary enquiry (PE) into accusations of money laundering lodged against him in April. The enquiry was registered to look into allegations that the AAP leader, already battling accusations of nepotism, laundered over Rs 4 crore through a web of shell companies, officials in the Central Bureau of Investigation told HT.

A preliminary enquiry is done to ascertain if the accusations merit a probe.

There are three pending preliminary enquiries against the minister. One of the allegations against Jain pertain to the acquisition of agriculture land worth over Rs 27 crore in Delhi by private companies linked to him and misuse of his official position to influence regularisation of illegal colonies in the national capital, CBI officials had earlier said. IT documents suggested that Jain had “ purchased more than 200 bigha land” in north and northwest Delhi “in close vicinity of unauthorised colonies in the name of companies controlled by him”.

AAP blames BJP

The AAP said the central agency was acting at the behest of BJP and the case was fictitious. Party spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said, “All characters and events depicted in the CBI’s story are entirely fictitious. It claims that two persons -- Sanjay and Suresh -- have been working with Jain since 2010 and both used to send hawala money through Kolkata-based hawala racketeers. But we believe these persons do not exist.”

“This clearly establishes that the BJP is “misusing the CBI and the I-T department to implicate Jain,” Bhardwaj said.

The I-T department has said that four persons have given statements against the minister. However, the AAP  claimed that their statements were recorded by pressuring them. “When Jain told the I-T department he wanted to confront the four persons, it allowed him to talk to one Babloo. But he broke down and confessed within five minutes that Jain had nothing to do with this case,” an AAP said in a statement.

First Published: Jun 19, 2017 12:39 IST