The Enforcement Directorate on Monday searched properties linked to former Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, including his home in the national Capital as part of the agency’s investigation in a money laundering case, PTI reported.
Jain was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on May 30 in a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. He will be in the agency’s custody till June 9. His portfolios have been transferred to Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.
Enforcement Directorate officials said that Monday’s raid was part of a follow up in the case.
The agency claims it has found some new evidence and links after it had questioned Jain and some alleged hawala operators in the last few days.
“The raids were launched to gather further details on these inputs,” an unidentified official said, according to PTI.
Case against Jain
The Enforcement Directorate has alleged that five firms – Akinchan Developers Private Limited, Indo Metal Impex Private Limited, Paryas Infosolutions Private Limited, Manglayatan Projects Private Limited and JJ Ideal Estate Private Limited – are shell companies controlled by Jain and his relatives.
The agency claimed that money routed through the companies was used for buying land or for repaying loans taken for buying agricultural land in and around Delhi.
In April, the Enforcement Directorate had attached immovable property worth Rs 4.81 crore allegedly belonging to companies linked to Jain and his relatives.
On May 31, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the allegations against Jain were false and that the case was politically motivated.
Kejriwal also claimed that Sisodia will soon be the next minister to be arrested after Jain.
“By framing Satyendar Jain and Manish Sisodia, the Centre wants to stop any good work from happening in the health and education sectors in Delhi,” Kejriwal had said. “But don’t worry I will never let that happen, the good work will continue.”