CBI Questions AAP Minister’s Wife in Money Laundering Case
Satyendar Jain was accused of laundering Rs 11.78 crore in 2010-12 through different companies, among other things.
A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team on Monday questioned Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain's wife in connection with allegations of money laundering.
Reacting to it, the Delhi government accused the Central government of using "caged parrot" CBI to "silence dissenters".
A CBI official said the team sought clarifications from her. The CBI in April launched a probe against Jain.
In April, the agency registered a preliminary inquiry against Jain, based on the evidences it had collected against him in connection with 'laundering' Rs 4.63 crore in 2015-16. The CBI had questioned Jain on 1 and 2 June.
He was also accused of laundering Rs 11.78 crore in 2010-12 through companies based in Delhi and Kolkata.
The matter was referred to the CBI by the Income Tax Department, which in September 2016, summoned Jain for his alleged links with the firms that were under the scanner for alleged hawala or proxy transactions. Jain has denied the charges.
‘A Ploy to Divert Attention’: AAP
Central agencies raiding the AAP's offices is nothing but a ploy to divert attention from the Vyapam scam, Panama papers, and alleged irregularities in the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA), Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia alleged.
AAP leader Saurabh Bhardawaj, addressing a press conference, accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of using the CBI and Income Tax Department for fabricating evidence against the AAP minister.
All characters and events depicted in the CBI’s story are entirely fictitious. It claims that two persons, Sanjay and Suresh, have been working with Jain since 2010 and both used to send hawala money through Calcutta-based racketeers. But, we believe these persons do not exist.Saurabh Bharadwaj, AAP Leader
This clearly establishes that the BJP is "misusing the CBI and the I-T department to implicate" Jain, the AAP alleged.
The I-T department alleged that four persons have given statements against the minister. The statements were recorded by pressuring them, the party said.
When Jain told the I-T department he wanted to confront the four persons, it allowed him to talk to only one man named Babloo.
But he broke down and confessed within five minutes that Jain had nothing to do with this case.AAP Statement
The CBI had last week quizzed Sisodia at his residence to seek clarifications in connection with a preliminary enquiry against him over alleged irregularities in the AAP's 'Talk to AK' campaign.
The agency had registered the PE in January based on a complaint filed by the Vigilance Department of the Delhi government.
‘BJP Used Non-Existing People in Allegations’: AAP
Bharadwaj also claimed that the BJP has presented two non-existing persons and despite Jain's request, the probe agency has failed to present them before the minister.
According to the BJP-led central government, Jain has used two men, Sanjay and Suresh, for sending hawala money to businessmen in Kolkata. Bharadwaj, however, said that the people named Sanjay and Suresh did not exist.
Elaborating on allegation, Bharadwaj said that the BJP has claimed that a landline number was used to make phone calls to businessmen in Kolkata, but that number is out of service since 2014. He also said that landline number did not have STD facility.
One of the witnesses, Babloo Pathak, denied any relation with Jain after he was brought face-to-face with the minister.
Bharadwaj challenged the probe agency to let Jain confront three more witnesses, who were examined by the CBI, so as to bring out the truth in the case. He said the probe agency has turned down his request.
(With inputs from news agencies.)
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