AAP criticizes BJP for arrest of Satyendar Jain

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New Delhi: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday denounced the BJP, saying AAP Minister Satyendar Jain Satyendar Jain was arrested by the ED in a ‘fake’ case because he is the party official for elections in Himachal Pradesh.
Jain was arrested by the Enforcement Branch on Monday as part of a money laundering investigation against him.

Sisodia said ED took action against Jain because the BJP was afraid of losing Himachal Pradesh elections, due this year.

“For eight years, a bogus case against Satyendar Jain has been under investigation. He was called by the ED several times. But the investigative agency had stopped calling him because they had found no evidence. Now the case is reopened because Jain is the AAP official for the Himachal Pradesh elections,” Sisodia tweeted.

“The BJP is going to be routed in the Himachal Pradesh elections. Jain was arrested so he couldn’t win Himachal. He will be free in a few days because the charge against him is absolutely false,” he added.

Addressing a press conference on Jain’s arrest, AAP chief Sanjay Jha said it was a “clear abuse” of an investigative agency.

“Satyendar Jain was arrested in a bogus case, an 8-year case in which he appeared before ED seven times. CBI had given him clear notice. BJP could not imagine that Jain had been made Himachal Pradesh indictment so they hatched this fake arrest,” he said.

Reacting to the ED action, BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, who was arrested by Punjab police at his Delhi home earlier this month, called Jain a “crook”.

Delhi BJP leader Adesh Gupta says if there is ‘morality and honesty left’ in Delhi chief minister and AAP leader Kejriwal then he should take action against Jain .

Last month, the ED attached assets worth Rs 4.81 crore to the family and businesses ‘owned and controlled by the Delhi Minister’.

Jain currently holds several portfolios – health, power, home, disabled, industries, urban development, flood, irrigation and water – in the government led by Arvind Kejriwal.

In a statement, the federal investigative agency said it had issued an interim order under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for the seizure of the assets.

The “attached real estate properties worth Rs 4.81 crore belong to Akinchan Developers Pvt. Ltd., Indo Metal Impex Pvt Ltd, Paryas Infosolutions Pvt. Ltd., Manglayatan Projects Pvt. Ltd., JJ Ideal Estate Pvt. Ltd., Swati Jain, wife of Vaibhav Jain, Sushila Jain, wife of Ajit Prasad Jain, and Indu Jain, wife of Sunil Jain”.

The investigation revealed that “during the period 2015-2016, when Satyendra Kumar Jain was a civil servant, companies owned and controlled by him received accommodation inflows to the tune of Rs 4.81 crore from shell companies (paper ) against money transferred to Kolkata hawala-based entry operators”.

“These amounts were used for direct purchase of land or repayment of a loan taken out for the purchase of farmland in and around Delhi,” ED said.

The investigative agency had in 2018 questioned the AAP deputy of Shakur Basti in the context of the case.

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