New Delhi: Delhi health minister, Satyendar Jain, who has been taken into judicial custody in a money laundering case investigated by the Enforcement Directorate was admitted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital in Delhi after he began complaining of low oxygen levels.
The Firstpost sources stated that the condition of Satyendar Jain became stable.
Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported about this incident where the Enforcement Directorate has carried out searches at various locations in Delhi in connection with its money laundering probe linked to Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain. The ED’s move came days after the agency, on June 6, seized 2.85 crore cash and 133 gold coins weighing 1.80 kilograms from Jain’s aides during its day-long raid.
Jain was arrested under criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) by the Enforcement Directorate on 30 May. Speaking to the PTI, a source said, “He was brought from Tihar Jail to GB Pant Hospital first, and then shifted to the LNJP Hospital. His condition is stable.”
Satyendar Jain is being investigated by the ED agency under the PMLA on charges of alleged hawala dealings. In April, the ED had attached assets of Jain’s family and companies worth Rs 4.81 crore, which are “beneficially owned and controlled” by him as part of the probe.
He was arrested on May 30 in a money laundering case, following which he was remanded to the investigative agency’s custody from May 31 – June 9. A special CBI court had dismissed his bail plea on June 17, stating that the possibility of the accused influencing the witnesses cannot be ruled out as the investigation is still ongoing, reports Business Today. Based on the ED’s orders, the Rouse Avenue District Court in Delhi had extended his custody. It was during this period that his health deteriorated due to which he was taken to the hospital.
The Indian Express reports that he was accused of having laundered money through four companies allegedly linked to him.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared on behalf of the ED had told the court that companies “beneficially owned and controlled by Jain” received accommodation entries amounting to Rs 4.81 crore from shell companies against the cash transferred to Kolkata-based entry operators through a hawala route.
This case is based on a CBI FIR which was lodged against him in 2017 under the Prevention of Corruption Act where he was accused of money laundering through four companies allegedly linked to him.
Opposing the ED remand, the senior advocate N Hariharan, who appeared for Jain in the court stated that the “grounds of arrest is nothing but the reproduction of the charge sheet in the CBI case. Not an inch has moved. Five-six occasions they summoned him, he cooperated.” The Medical Dialogues team had earlier also reported about the minister’s arrest due to his alleged involvement in a ‘hawala transactions’ case, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).