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Punjab polls round the corner, Kejriwal claims ED about to arrest Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain

ED officials said that while Jain had been called for questioning last month, no new summons had been issued to him recently.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: January 24, 2022 6:25:07 am
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed Sunday that Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials were set to arrest Health Minister Satyendar Jain ahead of the Assembly polls in Punjab.

“We have learnt through our sources that the ED is about to arrest Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain just ahead of the polls in Punjab. They are welcome. The Centre has raided Satyendar Jain twice earlier and has come up empty handed. If they want to come again, they are most welcome,” Kejriwal said.

ED officials said that while Jain had been called for questioning last month, no new summons had been issued to him recently.

Kejriwal alleged that the ED’s actions were politically motivated: “Whenever the BJP is on the verge of losing polls, they unleash their agencies. It is obvious that there will be raids and arrests. We are not scared because when you are walking the path of truth, these hurdles always come up. The BJP government at the Centre is welcome to send other agencies such as the CBI, Income Tax, Delhi Police, and any others along with the ED. If they want to arrest someone alongside Satyendar Jain, they can do that too. We have never done anything wrong. I have been raided, so has Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain. Twenty-one of our MLAs have been arrested. All these matters have been discharged by the court. In this case too, he will be arrested, will get bail in 5-10 days.”

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Pointing to ED raids against Punjab CM Charanjit Channi’s nephew, Kejriwal said the two cases were different.

“We are neither scared of going to jail nor of your raid. We will not whine like Channi ji. We will not panic… Why is he panicking? Because he has indulged in wrong-doing and he has been caught. When ED officers conducted the raid there, they were counting thick wads of notes. The people of Punjab were shocked. We are not scared. We want to say to BJP and agencies, send all your people. We are not scared. Why just Satyendar Jain, send them to me, send them to the house of Bhagwant Maan (AAP’s Punjab CM face) as well. When the agencies come, we will welcome them with a big smile. We aren’t scared,” Kejriwal said.

The CM did not say what case the ED would arrest Jain under.

The ED had, in 2017, registered a case against Jain under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) on the basis of an FIR filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The CBI complaint had said that Jain could not explain the source of funds received by four companies in which he was a shareholder. It had registered a case against him, his wife and four others on charges of alleged money laundering. The CBI had also questioned him in the case earlier.

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