New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Monday arrested Delhi minister Satyendar Jain in a case connected to hawala transactions related to Kolkata-based companies owned by him.
It is an ongoing case against Jain, which the ED has been pursuing for the last eight years. Jain had got some respite in between but now the agency is breathing down his neck again.
The AAP sees in the arrest a sinister BJP ploy to pin Jain down, as he is AAP’s election in-charge in Himachal Pradesh, which will witness Assembly polls later in the year. His arrest will throw into a tizzy AAP poll drive in the state, where the BJP is perceived to be on a weak wicket.
Jain was taken into custody under criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after a few hours of questioning, ED officials said. They alleged he was “evasive” in his replies. The minister is expected to be produced before a designated court today.
Reacting sharply to the arrest, Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said, “The BJP is afraid of losing the elections and hence he was arrested to prevent him from going to Himachal. He will be released soon as he has been arrested in a fake case.”
The ED had said last month that assets worth Rs 4.81 crore of Jain’s family and companies “beneficially owned and controlled” by him were provisionally attached as part of a money laundering probe against him. The named persons in the attachment order are associates and family members of Jain, officials said.
The income tax department too had probed these transactions and had issued an order attaching “benami assets” allegedly linked to Jain.