The Delhi High Court Wednesday dismissed a plea to suspend Delhi minister Satyendar Jain from the Cabinet following his arrest in a money laundering case, saying it is for the chief minister to consider whether a person with a criminal background should be allowed to continue as a minister or not. Jain has been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money laundering case.
Besides the verdict on the plea against Jain, the high court also gave its judgement dismissing an appeal challenging a single judge’s order dismissing the plea seeking the agenda of the Supreme Court collegium’s meeting on December 12, 2018, when certain decisions were purportedly taken on the elevation of judges to the apex court, under the RTI.
During the day, the high court heard several other important matters, including a plea by Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair challenging the legality of his police remand in a case related to an alleged objectionable tweet he had posted in 2018 against a Hindu deity. However, the court could not hear the bail pleas by Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, and Alumni Association Jamia Millia Islamia President Shifa-ur-Rehman in a UAPA case related to the alleged conspiracy behind the riots here in February 2020.
A bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad had earlier reserved order on a plea by former BJP MLA Nand Kishore Garg who has said in the petition that AAP leader Jain was arrested in the money laundering case on the allegation of his involvement in hawala transactions in 2015-2016 with a Kolkata-based firm which is repugnant and inconsistent to the rule of law as he is a public servant having a constitutional oath to uphold the rule of law in the interest of the public at large. “However, the minister under custody is still enjoying the perks and privileges of cabinet minister despite having been allegedly indicted under the serious charges which may entail severe punishment,” the plea had said.