A CBI team on Friday raided Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain’s residence in connection with a money laundering case after registering a case against him, his wife and four others. The CBI has also claimed to have recovered some certain incriminating documents during searches.
An official of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said the raid was conducted at four different places and the agency had also registered a case in the matter of disproportionate assets.
“Four places in Delhi including the official residence of the Minister, one of the places of his shell company and two of the places of his associates, were raided today (Friday). The CBI on Thursday has also registered a FIR of having disproportionate asset against Jain,” the official told IANS.
Jain — who holds several important portfolios including Health and PWD — also confirmed the development, tweeting: “CBI reached my home for search.”
It was found that the minister and his associates were involved in the laundering of Rs 4.63 crore during 2015-16 through shell companies. CBI alleged that Jain used his influence to push for a declaration of areas where he purchased land as residential areas by the revenue department for financial benefits.
A FIR has been registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act against Jain and four other associated namely Ajeet Prasad Jain, Vaibhav Jain, Sunil Jain and Ankush Jain, who reportedly operated shell companies on behalf of the AAP minister.
The four companies are Prayas Info Solutions, Akinchan developers, Mangalyatan projects and Indo Metal Impex Pvt Limited. They are named in the FIR.
The Aam Aadmi Party has strongly defended Jain and said that the case is “completely false and registered at the behest of BJP’s central government in a desperate bid to divert attention from the violence in Haryana.”
Making their stand very clear, AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj today said, “Modi government has unleashed all its agencies on Delhi government and AAP
Functionaries to settle scores for BJP’s humiliating defeat in Delhi assembly elections (2015).”
AAP has challenged the CBI to prove that Jain has purchased or sold a single share since he resigned from the directorship of the companies in 2013 when he decided to enter public life in July 2013. Bharadwaj believes that Jain does not own any land and has not been involved in decision making of any company since July 2013.
He further justified the cash that has been found at Jain’s residence saying that the cash is part of Rs 1.5 lakh that Jain withdrew from his account last month.