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Satyendar Jain’s bail plea dismissed in PMLA case

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New Delhi: A Special Court here on Thursday dismissed the bail application of Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendar Jain, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate for violation of the Prevention Money Laundering Act provisions.

Special Judge (PC Act) (MPs/MLAs Cases) of CBI, Vikas Dhull, after hearing the argument on behalf of three accused including Satyendar Kumar Jain passed the dismissal order on the bail applications of all the accused persons.

Counsel for Jain submitted before the court that no provisions provided under Jail Manual has been violated by Jain and the allegations leveled by the ED is to cause prejudice in the minds of my lords. He submitted that no fruitful purpose would be served by keeping behind the bar of all the accused persons.

Counsel for Jain has submitted that in this matter the only fault of Jain is that he became a Minister and got into public life otherwise there would be no case.

Government Counsel for ED opposed the bail application by submitting that Jain served as a Health Minister in Delhi and may manage to get forged documents and influence the doctors and Jail official.

The ED has submitted that if bail granted Jain may influence the co-accused, witnesses and other documents related to the case.

Counsel for Jain opposed the submission of ED by submitting that the purpose of ED is to prolong the custody of Jain.

He contented that Jain is neither a Health Minister nor Jail Minister but is in jail and because the hospital where Jain was admitted is under the control of Delhi Government is no ground to alleged a bias in the case.

The Principal District & Sessions Court of Rouse Avenue, New Delhi on September 22 transfered the matter from the Court of Special Judge Geetanjali Goel’s to Special Judge Vikash Dhull.

Jain had challenged the transfer in high court and apex court and later withdrawn it from the top court. Now the matter is at the stage of hearing arguments on the bail application.

The investigating agency had arrested Satyendar Jain on May, 30 and he is now lodged in Tihar jail.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in its charge sheet has alleged Jain amassed assets to the tune of Rs 1.47 crore in Disproportionate Assets case while the ED has submitted the attachment of Rs. 4.81 crore in connection with money laundering investigation.

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