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Sufficient preliminary evidence to show Satyendar Jain and his aides used hawala money to purchase agricultural land: Delhi Court

The troubles of Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain, who is caught up in the money laundering case, does not appear to be abating. A Delhi court on Friday said the charges sheet issued by the Enforcement Directorate contained ostensibly sufficient evidence against Jain. The indictment alleges that Satyendar Jain and his associates used the hawala money to purchase agricultural land in and around the capital.

Special Judge Gitanjali Goel on Friday saw the indictment filed by the Head of Emergency Department against Satyendar Jain, his wife and eight other persons, including four companies, in the money laundering case. The court also summoned all the defendants, including 4 companies, who were not in custody, and fixed the matter for a hearing on August 8. Satyendra Jain was almost present, while Ankush and Vibhav Jain were both taken out of judicial custody.

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The court directed the CEO to provide one copy each of the indictment and other related documents to Satyendar Jain, Vaibhav Jain and Ankush Jain. All three defendants are currently in judicial custody.

The judge said that given the documents presented in the record, it can be said that there is sufficient evidence at first glance about the accused’s involvement. Accordingly, the crime is known under Article 3 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act which is punishable under Article 4 of the Money Laundering Prevention Act 2002.

Two of the accused received provisional bail

During the hearing, the judge granted provisional bail to two of the accused – Ajit Prasad Jain and Sunil Kumar Jain – until August 8. So far, the defendants in the case have not been arrested. The next hearing of the case will be on August 8.

The court is likely to hear the usual bail defenses for these two defendants on August 8. Other defendants were asked to appear on this day.

The court adjourned until August 20 the hearing of Satyendar Jain’s provisional bail case on medical grounds. The Delhi High Court has ordered the Court of First Instance not to consider a medical report filed by the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital until the next session date (August 17) before the High Court.

The Emergency Department has initiated investigation under Money Laundering Prevention Sections against Satyendar Jain and others on the basis of the FIR registered by the CBI on August 24, 2017. The CBI alleged that Jain had acquired disproportionate assets between February 14, 2015 and May 31 2017, during his tenure as Minister in the Government of Delhi.

ED filed an indictment on July 27

The indictment or the prosecution’s complaint was filed in the PMLA court here on July 27, and the court has taken note of it, the department said in a statement.

In the indictment, the department has arrested Satyendar Jain, his wife Poonam Jain and his associates Ajit Prasad Jain, Sunil Kumar Jain, Vibhav Jain, Ankush Jain and Akinchan Developers Pvt. Ltd. , Praias InfoSolutions Pvt Ltd, Mangalayatan Developers Pvt Ltd and JJ Ideal Estate Pvt Ltd.

Satyendra Jain was arrested on May 30th

57-year-old Satyendar Jain, a minister without portfolio in the Adami Public Party (AAP) government, was arrested by the ED on May 30. Jane was in charge of health, energy, and some other departments before the investigative agency took him into custody.

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP member, Arvind Kejriwal, defended his minister, saying that he was a very honest and patriotic man who was wrongly involved and hopes to be innocent after the ED investigation. He will be leaving as EMD has arrested Vibhav Jain and Ankush Jain and they are also in judicial custody with the Minister.

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