ED arrests Delhi Health Minister in PMLA case

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New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday arrested Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain in connection with a money laundering case, officials said.

The ED had attached the properties of Jain’s relatives worth Rs 4.81 crore in April this year.

“Immovable properties worth Rs 4.81 crore belonging to different firms owned by Swati Jain, Sushila Jain, and Indu Jain, the relatives of Jain was attached. Akinchan Developers Pvt Ltd, Indo Metal impex Pvt Ltd, Paryas Infosolutions Pvt Ltd, Manglayatan Projects Pvt Ltd, JJ Ideal Estate Pvt. Ltd were the firms against which action was taken,” a source said.

The ED initiated the money laundering investigation on the basis of an FIR registered by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), against Jain and others under Section 109 of IPC -- read with sections 13(2) and 13(1) (e) of Prevention of Corruption Act.

The ED learnt in the investigation that during the period 2015-16, when Jain was a public servant, the above mentioned companies owned and controlled by him received accommodation entries to the tune of Rs 4.81 crore from shell companies against cash transferred to Kolkata-based entry operators through the Hawala route.

These amounts were utilised for direct purchase of land or for the repayment of loan taken for purchase of agricultural land in and around Delhi.

“Accordingly, immovable properties worth Rs 4.81 crore in the form of land belonging to the accused and their companies under section 5 of PMLA were attached,” said the ED official.

Further investigation into the matter is underway.

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