New Delhi: On Monday, A Delhi court has extended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain’s judicial custody by another 14 days. Jain was arrested in a money laundering case by the Enforcement Directorate last month. Jain’s bail hearing is scheduled for Tuesday,14 June.
Last week, the Rouse Avenue District Court had extended the Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody of Jain till today (June 13). Jain was arrested by ED on May 30.
Delhi Health and Home Minister Jain was arrested by ED in connection with an alleged hawala transaction related to a Kolkata-based company. The ED filed a money laundering case against the AAP leader based on an FIR filed by the CBI in August 2017 against him and others on charges of alleged possession of disproportionate assets.
Notably, during the search conducted on June 7, the ED has said it seized various incriminating documents and digital records. The ED said that the total movable assets were seized from an “unexplained source” and were “found to be secreted” in the raided premises.
Over Rs 2 crore in cash and gold weighing 1.8 kg were seized by the ED after raids against Jain and those linked to him in the money laundering case. The ED has submitted that Jain was not cooperating in the interrogation. “He takes a very long time to write his statements,” Raju submitted.
On the other hand, Senior Advocates Kapil Sibal and N Hariharan opposed the extension of the remand saying that the recoveries are not connected with Jain.
“ED has not asked any question about the gold and jeweler in the last two days,” they submitted. “ED doesn’t have the jurisdiction to investigate the new recoveries. They should have informed the other agencies for investigation of the same,” senior advocates submitted before the court.
They submitted that the alleged money laundering offence was finished at the moment when the Agricultural land was attached by the ED.