Court adjourns hearing in money laundering case against Satyendar Jain for Oct 10

New Delhi, Sep 27 (FN Agency) A Delhi Special Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing in a matter registered under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain for October 10. It is submitted on behalf of AAP leader that the petition challenging the transfer order dated 22.09.2022 of the Ld. Principal District & Sessions Judge-cum-Special Judge (PC Act) (CBI) has been adjourned by the High Court of Delhi for arguments to 28.09.2022. He submitted that the High Court is going to close for vacations from 29.09.2022 till 05.10.2022, therefore, the matter be posted on any date after the said holidays.

He sought the adjournment by submitting that to see the outcome of the said petition the matter of Jain may kindly be adjourned. Special Judge Vikash Dhull after hearing the plea on behalf of Jain said, “The matter is adjourned for 10.10.2022 for further proceedings. Further, Superintendent, Tihar Jail is directed to produce accused Satyendar Kumar Jain, Vaibhav Jain and Ankush Jain through Video Conferencing on 10.10.2022 at 10.00 a.m.” The Principal District & Sessions Court of Rouse Avenue, New Delhi on September 22 transferred the matter registered under the provisions of Prevention Money Laundering Act against Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendar Jain from the Court of Special Judge Geetanjali Goel’s to Special Judge Vikash Dhull. Counsel for Jain challenged the order dated September, 22 passed by Principal District & Sessions Judge -cum-Special Judge (PC Act) (CBI) in Delhi High Court. Government Counsel for ED earlier submitted in The Principal Principal District & Session Judge that Jain served as a Health Minister in Delhi may managed to get forged documents and can influence the doctors and Jail official. Jain faked his illness and admission in hospital, the counsel added.

Counsel for Jain opposed the application of ED by submitting ‘that this is a malafide application to derail the trial and to prolong the custody of Jain’. Counsel further submitted that Jain is neither a Health Minister nor Jail Minister but is in jail and because the hospital where Jain was admitted under the control of Delhi Government is no ground to alleged a bias in the case. In this matter, ED has earlier opposed the bail application of Satyendar Jain by submitting that if bail granted he may influence the co-accused, witnesses and other documents related to the case. Investigating Agency has arrested Satyendar Jain in the matter on May, 30 under the provisions of PMLA and he is now in the judicial custody at Tihar. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in its chargesheet, has alleged amassing assets to the tune of Rs 1.47 crore in Disproportionate Assets case while Enforcement Directorate has submitted the attachment of Rs. 4.81 crore in connection with money laundering investigation.