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Disproportionate assets case: CBI gets nod to prosecute Satyendar Jain

Disproportionate assets case: CBI gets nod to prosecute Satyendar Jain

NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has granted sanction to prosecute Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain in a disproportionate assets case registered by the CBI in 2017.

Officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday claimed that Jain allegedly purchased 200 bighas of agricultural land in the names of companies controlled by him in Delhi during the last five years and "laundered black money" to the tune of several crore of rupees.

"MHA has granted sanction of prosecution to prosecute Satyendar Jain, Minister in Government of NCT of Delhi, in a case registered by CBI in August 24, 2017 for acquiring assets disproportionate to his known sources of income," the official said.

Jain is accused of floating several shell companies in Delhi including Akichan Developers Private Ltd, Indo Metal Impex Private Ltd, Paryas Infosolutions Private Ltd and Manglayatan Projects Private Ltd during 2009-10 and 2010-11 for alleged money laundering.

"These shell companies do not have any real business. Jain had laundered black money of Rs 16.39 crore during 2010-11 to 2015-16 through 54 shell companies of three hawala entry operators of Kolkata, namely Jeevendra Mishra, Abhishek Chokhani and Rajendra Bansal," said an MHA official.

Jain, meanwhile, denied all these allegations saying the CBI action is politically motivated.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday tweeted in Hindi, "Delhi Urban Development Minister Satyender Jain has made very comprehensive plans for regularisation of unauthorised colonies, but the Centre doesn't have business to do for colonies. The centre has granted sanction to the CBI to prosecute Satyender Jain. The BJP is against regularisation of unauthorised colonies."

Meanwhie, the CBI – in a statement – said that the proposed regularisation of unauthorised colonies will convert these agricultural lands into residential and commercial land, which will provide huge returns on the investments by Jain.

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