In a major setback to Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has claimed to have recovered property documents, bank deposit slips of about Rs 2 crore allegedly linked to Delhi minister Satyendar Jain. The documents and deposit slips were also linked to the companies where he was a director. The documents were found during CBI’s searches at the residence of Dental Council Registrar Rishiraj after he was arrested on Sunday. A senior Delhi government official reacted to the development and alleged it as an attempt by the Centre to malign the Health minister’s image, PTI reported. Rishiraj and N Pradeep Sharma, a lawyer for the council, were arrested last night while allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs 4.7 lakh from a doctor.
The case is being seen as a significant setback for the Aam Aadmi Party, especially because the minister in question has been in the dock for other cases of alleged corruption in the past as well. Here is what we know of the latest development so far:
1- The investigative body has filed a case on the allegations of demanding a bribe from the complainant for getting him favourable order from the Delhi Dental Council and also for extending help in further legal proceedings in his matter.
2- CBI Spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said that the CBI laid a trap and caught the accused while demanding and accepting the bribe from the complainant.
3- During the searches, CBI recovered Rishiraj’s locker property documents in Jain’s name at Karala village, chequebooks in the name of the Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain , his wife Poonam and JJITL estate private limited.
4- During the searches, CBI also found bank slips showing deposits worth Rs 2 crore in the name of the AAP leader’s companies.
5- Dayal said in a statement: “Three property documents including two sale deeds of land measuring 12 bigha 2 bishwa and 8 bigha 17 bishwa at Karala village, Delhi; one power of attorney for land measuring 14 bighas in the village (were found).”
6- Besides, 41 chequebooks in his and his wife’s name and in the name of a private estate firm were also found. The CBI also claimed to have recovered 500 gram gold and Rs 24 lakh cash but it was not clear if these are also linked to Jain, the minister for Power, PWD and Health.
7- Last year, the CBI had booked Jain in the case related to disproportionate assets.